Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

Not a good time for it.

Reuters reports that 73-year-old head Iraqi spiritual leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has fallen ill with heart trouble, and is being treated by local doctors. **UPDATE -- apparently, he's got some major blockages in his arteries and is being flown to England for treatment.***

Given that Sistani has been a major moderating force for many of the most spiritual Iraqis, and is normally in a good position to mediate disputes between Moqtada Al-Sadr and the U.S., this doesn't sound like good news under the circumstances.

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