Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani must have one incredible case of cabin fever.
The home and office of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, Iraq's highest Shiite Muslim authority, was targeted by gunfire in the holy city of Najaf, a spokesman for the religious leader said.

"The home has been targeted by fire this morning," the spokesman told AFP on condition of anonymity, but declined to say if US-led forces or militiamen of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr were responsible.

"Bullets broke some window panes of the home," he said, without reporting any injuries. . . .

Sistani, 73, has not left his home for seven years since a failed attempt on his life during Saddam Hussein's regime.


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