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[Arab., shiat Ali,=the party of Ali], the second largest branch of Islam, Shiites currently account for 10%–15% of all Muslims. Shiite Islam originated as a political movement supporting Ali (cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam) as the
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ayatollah

one of a class of Iranian Shiite religious leaders
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The response by the Grand Ayatolla Sistani and many other leaders has been constructive and very important, and we appreciate their leadership.
Moqtada and his Mahdi Army also were forced out of Najaf (with the face-saving intervention of the Ayatolla al Sistani).
Tension over the stand-off increased after Iraq's leading Shia cleric Ayatolla Ali al-Sistani warned the US that Najaf is a "red line" which American troops should not cross.