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Asia Times Online :: Middle East News - Resistance, not terror

Asia Times Online :: Middle East News - Resistance, not terrorAhmed Alhasani al-Baghdadi is one of the grand ayatollahs, the highest in the Shi'ite hierarchy. In religious terms he has followers among Shi'ites in Iraq and abroad, but since 2003 he has been renowned for his opinion of rejecting the presence of the US forces in Iraq. He also refuses to take part in the political process in Iraq under the occupation. He has more than 30 published books that are available to view (in Arabic) on his website www.alsaed-albaghdadi.com, with the best known being Authority

The Raw Story | Hersh: Bush administration arranged support for militants attacking Lebanon

The Raw Story | Hersh: Bush administration arranged support for militants attacking LebanonLast March, Hersh reported that American policy in the Middle East had shifted to opposing Iran, Syria, and their Shia allies at any cost, even if it meant backing hardline Sunni jihadists.

A key element of this policy shift was an agreement among Vice President Dick Cheney, Deputy National Security Advisor Elliot Abrams, and Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi national security adviser, whereby the Saudis would covertly fund the Sunni Fatah al-Islam in Lebanon as a counterweight to the Shia Hezbollah