Election posters showing Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (R) and parliamentary candidate Faleh al-Khazali are seen in the southern port city of Basra, on April 21, 2014.(AFP PHOTO/STR)
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An Iraqi Shiite who proudly fought Sunni rebels in Syria's civil war is now running for parliament in his home country, where the conflict has raised already-high sectarian tensions.Faleh al-Khazali is one of an unknown number of Iraqi Shiites who have gone to fight on the side of Syrian President Bashar Assad against a Sunni-led rebellion. There are Iraqi Sunnis fighting on the other side of the war, including for the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), one of two powerful jihadist groups in Syria with roots in Iraq. The shrine to the daughter of Imam Ali, located near Damascus, is a revered site for Shiites, which Iraqis who go to Syria say they are fighting to defend.Pictures of Iraqi Shiites killed in Syria hang around Baghdad, while jihadist forums feature images of Iraqi Sunnis who died fighting for groups including ISIS.
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