US ambassador meets with Shi'ite leader on unrest

February 25, 2006 14:38


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US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad met Saturday with the leader of the largest Shi'ite political party to discuss the bombing of a holy Shrine this week and the wave of reprisal attacks against Sunni mosques that have raised fears of civil war. The leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, told Khalilzad that more than 80,000 Iraqis, "most of the Shi'ites," have been killed by "terrorists" since the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime in April 2003, according to a statement by the Shiite group. "As Iraqis, we should stand side by side to get rid of the evil acts of terrorists," al-Hakim said according to the statement.

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