Shiite Cleric Calls Iraqis To Arms, Obama Vows Help

Shiite Cleric Calls Iraqis To Arms, Obama Vows Help

Via AFP:

A leading cleric called Iraqis to arms Friday as US President Barack Obama said he is examining options short of sending troops to help Iraq counter a Sunni militant onslaught.

Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani urged the people to defend the country against the offensive spearheaded by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

A representative of Sistani, who is adored by Shiites but rarely appears in public, made the call from the Shiite shrine city of Karbala.

"Citizens who are able to bear arms and fight terrorists, defending their country and their people and...

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