Followers of Iraqi Shia rebel Imam killed in clashes

(AGI) Baghdad, July 3 - At least 40 followers of radical ShiaImam Mahmoud al-Hasani al-Sarkhi were killed during Wednesday'sclashes with the Iraqi army in Kerbala. Forces loyal to PrimeMinister Nouri al Maliki scoured the city exchanging fire withthe militants. The fighting began when the rebel leaderrejected the fatwa issued by Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani callingon Shiites to quash the Sunni uprising in the north. The IraqiAir Force shelled the Imam's headquarters in Kerbala after heissued a fatwa banning fighting with Iraqi Sunnis. . .

(AGI) Baghdad, July 3 - At least 40 followers of radical ShiaImam Mahmoud al-Hasani al-Sarkhi were killed during Wednesday'sclashes with the Iraqi army in Kerbala. Forces loyal to PrimeMinister Nouri al Maliki scoured the city exchanging fire withthe militants. The fighting began when the rebel leaderrejected the fatwa issued by Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani callingon Shiites to quash the Sunni uprising in the north. The IraqiAir Force shelled the Imam's headquarters in Kerbala after heissued a fatwa banning fighting with Iraqi Sunnis. . .