Thursday, August 03, 2006

360-Degrees, Vol 3: Iraqi Shiites March to Support Hezbollah

Here it comes...

Shiites go to Baghdad to support Hezbollah

By RAWYA RAGEH, Associated Press Writer 6 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Hundreds of followers of a radical Shiite cleric left a southern Iraqi city on Thursday to join a rally in the capital condemning Israeli attacks on Lebanon, while at least 13 people were killed or found dead in the latest sectarian violence.

Muqtada al-Sadr, a firebrand anti-U.S. cleric who commands a large militia, has called on his followers from around the country to congregate in Baghdad on Friday after the weekly prayers. The rally, scheduled to be held in the Shiite slum of Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, will show support for the Shiite Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah in its fight against Israel..


Iraqi Cleric Demands Cease-Fire In Lebanon

Iraq's Top Shiite Cleric Demands Immediate Cease-Fire in Lebanon As Outrage Spreads

BAGHDAD, Iraq Jul 30, 2006 (AP)— Iraq's top Shiite cleric Sunday demanded an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon, warning the Muslim world will "not forgive" nations that stand in the way of stopping the fighting.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issued the call following the Israeli airstrike that killed at least 56 Lebanese, mostly women and children, in the village of Qana. It was the deadliest attack in nearly three weeks of fighting.

"Islamic nations will not forgive the entities that hinder a cease-fire," al-Sistani said, in a clear reference to the United States.

"It is not possible to stand helpless in front of this Israeli aggression on Lebanon," he added. "If an immediate cease-fire in this Israeli aggression is not imposed, dire consequences will befall the region."

Did I remember to mention earlier that Sistani and al-Sadr are of Iranian descent?