A Look at Grand Ayatollah Sistani The Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has emerged as the most powerful Shiite leader in Iraq. This weekend, he went public with his opposition to the U.S. plan for a political transfer of power. NPR's Bob Edwards talks with Juan Cole, an expert on the Shiite religion in Iraq, about Sistani's influence.
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A Look at Grand Ayatollah Sistani

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A Look at Grand Ayatollah Sistani

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A Look at Grand Ayatollah Sistani

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The Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has emerged as the most powerful Shiite leader in Iraq. This weekend, he went public with his opposition to the U.S. plan for a political transfer of power. NPR's Bob Edwards talks with Juan Cole, an expert on the Shiite religion in Iraq, about Sistani's influence.

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