Sunday, March 26, 2006

Mortars Fired Near Shiite Cleric's Home

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Two mortar rounds fell within 50 yards of firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's home Sunday in the holy city of Najaf. The popular, anti-American Shiite leader was at home but not hurt, an aide said.

Two guards and a child were wounded in the attack, Sheik Sahib al-Amiri said.


"I call upon all brothers to stay calm and I call upon the Iraqi army to protect the pilgrims as the Nawasib (militants) are aiming to attack Shiites everyday," he said, referring to Wednesday's commemoration marking the death of the Prophet Muhammad.

Al-Sadr said American troops were trying to drag Iraqis into "sectarian wars."

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