Revered Shiite Cleric to Lead Najaf March

A boy kisses a photograph of Grand Ayatollah Ali Husseini al-Sistani

hide captionA boy kisses a photograph of Grand Ayatollah Ali Husseini al-Sistani.

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As an impasse continues at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, the leading Shiite cleric in Iraq — Grand Ayatollah Ali Husseini al-Sistani — prepares to lead a mass march on the city Thursday. He's seeking an end to fighting between U.S. and Iraqi forces and militia loyal to cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. NPR's Ivan Watson reports.

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