(FILES) - An undated file picture shows top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. AFP PHOTO / HO
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Top Iraqi Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on Saturday demanded the release of 18 Turkish workers kidnapped in Baghdad by unknown militants, saying it harmed the image of Islam.The Turkish men, who were working on a football stadium project, were seized in Baghdad's Sadr City area earlier this month, and militants presenting themselves as a Shiite group claimed the kidnappings in a video posted online. A soldier was killed last week when security forces clashed with the Shiite Ketaeb Hezbollah militia while searching for a person allegedly involved in the kidnappings.Baghdad turned to mostly Shiite volunteer forces for support as IS advanced towards the capital in June 2014 .
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