Najaf clerics mirror fears Tehran’s influence in post-US Iraq would grow

HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, Iraq: Associated Press reported that behind the scenes in this holy city, Shiite clerics are quietly intriguing over who will succeed the sect’s most revered and politically influential leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in a tussle that circles around money and foreign meddling as much as knowledge and piety.

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