Key Shiites Soften Tone toward U.S.

(Christian Science Monitor) Howard LaFranchi - At the gold-domed Kufa Mosque in Najaf, the young firebrand imam, Moqtada al-Sadr, known for condemning the Americans as Iraq's enemies, has softened and redirected his words. "We were the only enemy of Saddam Hussein, and now the Baathists who still support him are our only enemy," he says. "We must resist them and the terrorists." The young sheikh, who in July was calling for an Iranian-style theocracy and who once called the Americans "infidels," says he is now ready to work with them.

2003-11-20 00:00:00

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