ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A top Iraqi Shiite official said Thursday that the
political crisis pitting Shiite officials against his country's largest
Sunni-backed bloc must end.
But Ammar al-Hakim, a
powerful cleric and leader of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, did not
offer any change in the legal challenge that started the standoff: An
arrest warrant that Iraq's Shiite-led government filed against the Sunni
vice president, Tareq al-Hashemi, on terrorism charges, sending him
into virtual exile to the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq.
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