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Najaf Standoff Draws Sistani Back to Iraq

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Najaf Standoff Draws Sistani Back to Iraq

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Najaf Standoff Draws Sistani Back to Iraq

Najaf Standoff Draws Sistani Back to Iraq

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Iraqi Shiite men chant slogans welcoming Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Basra, Aug. 25, 2004.

Iraqi Shiite men chant slogans welcoming Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Basra, Aug. 25, 2004. Reuters hide caption

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Aides to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani say the influential Shiite cleric has returned to Iraq to lead a march on Najaf, in an effort to end the standoff there between U.S. forces and a Shiite militia. Hear NPR's Ivan Watson.

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