Fresh Clashes Erupt in Baghdad Despite Sistani's Call for Calm
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Fresh clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters broke out in Baghdad on Friday despite a call for calm by the country's top Shiite cleric, Ali al-Sistani. Security forces fired tear gas and threw stun grenades into crowds of protesters wearing helmets and makeshift body armor on a main road in the middle of the Iraqi capital, sending demonstrators scattering, some wounded, Reuters reporters said. Sistani held security forces accountable for any violent escalation and urged the government to respond as quickly as possible to demonstrators' demands. "The bigge

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