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Wed Feb 6, 2019, 05:59 PM

Top Shiite Cleric al-Sistani Rejects Trumps Plan for US Troops in Iraq

Top Iraqi cleric rejects Trump's plan for US troops in Iraq
Associated Press
QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
,Associated Press•February 6, 2019

FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, shiite pilgrims pass a poster of Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, as they head to the shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim in Baghdad, Iraq. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, Al-Sistani, Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric, expressed his criticism of President Donald Trump's recent statement that U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran. He is the latest Iraqi official to criticize Trump's remarks. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric on Wednesday joined a chorus of Iraqi politicians and clerics criticizing recent statements by President Donald Trump in which he said U.S. troops should stay in Iraq to keep an eye on neighboring Iran.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said Iraq aspires to have "good and balanced relations" with all of its neighbors "based on mutual interests and without intervention in internal affairs."

Iraq "rejects being a launching pad for harming any other country," he said during a meeting with U.N. Iraq envoy Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert at the cleric's base in Najaf.

Both Iraq's president and prime minister have hit back at Trump's statements to U.S. media this week stating that U.S. troops should stay at a base in Iraq so that America can "watch Iran."

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Wed Feb 6, 2019, 06:09 PM

1. I have always been very honest

In my views on Iraq and that we should have left Saddam in power and made arrangements with him.

Invading the second time around and trying to make Iraq a democracy was the stupidest thing we could have done, I said that from day one.

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Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:53 PM

2. That went well........

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