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Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Appeals to Politicians to Form Government

An Iraqi man stands at the ssite of a car bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The United Nations says more than 1,700 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large parts of the country, capturing the second largest city Mosul.(AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
An Iraqi man stands at the ssite of a car bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The United Nations says more than 1,700 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large parts of the country, capturing the second largest city Mosul.(AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

BAGHDAD—Iraq’s most influential Shiite cleric appealed to Iraqi politicians on Friday not to make themselves “an obstacle” in the country’s transition as the deadline looms...




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