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Iraq Cleric Warns American Soldiers Will Be Attacked

Updated: Friday, June 20 2014, 12:03 PM CDT

A Shiite cleric in Iraq is warning that the 300 U.S. military advisers that President Barack Obama plans to send to Iraq will be attacked.

The cleric, Nassir al-Saedi, is loyal to the anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose militia fought the Americans in at least two rounds of street warfare during the eight years U.S. troops were in Iraq.

At a sermon today in Baghdad's Sadr City district, al-Saedi issued a warning to what he called "the occupier," saying, "We will be ready for you if you are back."

Meanwhile, there's more pressure on Iraq's prime minister today -- with a call from the spiritual leader of Iraq's Shiite majority for a new "effective" government. The comments at Friday prayers contained thinly veiled criticism that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is to blame for the continuing offensive by Sunni militants.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Iraq Cleric Warns American Soldiers Will Be Attacked


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