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Top Iraqi Shiite religious leader calls for military coordination
Top Iraqi Shiite religious leader calls for military coordination

Iraq's top Shiite cleric issued a call on Friday for pro-government militias to coordinate their efforts with the state, two days after a major government offensive against Islamic State militants recommenced. Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, speaking through a representative in the holy city of Karbala, exhorted those he called the "volunteers" of militias to show "unity of vision" as the "victories that are soon coming" in the battle for Tikrit are achieved. "Our armed forces, volunteers and tribes are able to defeat terrorism, and inconsistencies in points of view have grave consequences in military operations," said Sistani representative...

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