Wednesday, November 10, 2004

SOUTHWEST ASIA Iranian News: Friday Sermon - Rafsanjani - Iran celebrates US 'defeat' in Najaf

SOUTHWEST ASIA Iranian News: Friday Sermon - Rafsanjani - Iran celebrates US 'defeat' in Najaf: "influential former Iranian President, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, said events in Najaf - which he compared to Stalingrad - should alert the West to the power of the Islamic clergy.

The Iranians have played a waiting game over Najaf, with senior officials from the president downwards fiercely denouncing the use of military force there by the Americans while never officially committing themselves to full-blown support for Moqtada Sadr and his followers. "

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