Iranian president meets Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency says President Hassan Rouhani has met with Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric — the first such meeting for an Iranian leader.
Top Iraqi cleric rejects Trump’s plan for US troops in Iraq
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."
Rare photo of Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric
BAGHDAD (AP) — The official website of Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric has published a rare photo of the aging leader, the first in several years.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top Shiite cleric has warned that "foreign influence" in the upcoming national elections could undermine the country's ability to carry out a free and fair vote.
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's message, delivered by his representative Sheikh Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbalai after Friday prayers in Karbala, emphasizes that Iraq's Shiite religious leadership does not support any one candidate or party.
More than 13 million gather in Karbala for Arbaeen
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's top Shiite cleric says more than 13 million have gathered in the holy city of Karbala to mark Arbaeen, the annual commemoration marking the end of the mourning period for the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson and a central figure in Shiite Islam.
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani praised Iraqi security forces Friday for securing the routes in and out of Karbala for visitors traveling from across Iraq and beyond.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi intelligence officials said Sunday they foiled an attempt by the Islamic State group to attack revered Shiite shrines and the sect's spiritual leader.
The IS plan was to launch a series of suicide attacks in Karbala and Najaf that house the shrines as well as the home of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, two officers told The Associated Press.