Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Sistani will call inifada if US troops stay in Iraq beyond June 30: "Iraqi Shiite Leader Seyyid Ali Al-Sistani yesterday warned that he would call for an intifada (uprising) if American soldiers stayed in Iraq after the handover of power on June 30, 2004. He also insisted that there should be a significant role for the Shiite in the future administration of the country, as they make up the majority of the population. Sistani spoke to the German magazine Der Spiegel and said: 'The U.S. presence in Iraq should not be prolonged. The Iraqi public knows how to act. If the U.S. presence is drawn out longer than necessary, I will call for an intifada.' The necessary posters reportedly have already been printed and are awaiting distribution to every corner of the country."

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