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Shiite Cleric al-Sistani Forbids Iraqis From Selling Food To Americans

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Shiite Cleric al-Sistani Forbids Iraqis From Selling Food To Americans In a sign of just how opposed some Shiite groups are to the U.S.'s presence in Iraq, one of the country's most powerful Shiite clerics, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has issued a fatwa forbidding Iraqis from selling food to Americans. A correspondent in Najaf reports that an Iraqi Shiite submitted the following to Sistani: "I sell foodstuffs. Sometimes the Occupying Powers or their associates come to my establishment. May I sell them foodstuffs?" Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani replied: "Selling foodstuffs to the Occupying Powers is not permitted."

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