Protesters chant in support the Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in the poster, during a demonstration in Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
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The execution of prominent Saudi Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr is an "aggression", Iraq's top Shiite authority Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said in a statement Sunday.Other leading Shiite clerics in Iraq have reacted with outrage to the execution Saturday by the Saudi authorities of Nimr and other Shiite activists.Moqtada al-Sadr, a well-known cleric who heads the Saraya al-Salam militia, said Nimr's execution was a "horrible attack" against Shiites and called for international condemnation.Several clerics and protesters in Iraq have said that the embassy should be closed down and the envoy expelled over Nimr's execution.
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