Cleric urges restraint in assault

BAGHDAD – Iraq’s top Shi’ite Muslim cleric urged government and allied Shi’ite militia forces fighting to retake Falluja from Islamic State militants to spare trapped civilians amid reports of a budding humanitarian crisis in the city. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s appeal reflected concerns that a large civilian death toll in the battle for the mainly […]

Continue reading this article with a Fiji Times online membership.

More Stories