As Iraqi Civilian Rule Weakens, Shiite Clerics Call The Shots

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, March 21 – With Iraq’s politicians tainted by corruption and the army’s standing hurt by battlefield defeats, two Shiite clerics have re-emerged as leaders in matters of state. In their different ways, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani and Hojatoleslam Moqtada Al Sadr, Iraq’s two most influential Shiite leaders, are pressuring Prime

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