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August 19, 2004

Al-Sistani recuperating after minor operations

Grand Ayatullah Ali al-Sistani was recuperating Thursday, after being discharged from a London hospital following two minor operations. On a visit with community representatives, Editor of The Muslim News, Ahmed J Versi, found him looking well and in good spirits.

Last Friday, the Ayatullah had an angioplasty procedure to unblock a coronary artery. On Monday, a cataract was removed from his right eye.

During the visit, the 73-year old Islamic leader, was seated and seemed in good shape. He responded jovially when asked about his condition.

Concern was expressed by the community representatives about the situation in the noble city of Najaf, and before leaving, collective prayers were held for an early resolution.

Reports from Iraq suggested that US troops were last night making preparations for a major advance in what is thought to be a final attack in Najaf against Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr and the Madhi army. Sources told The Muslim News that Ayatullah al-Sistani warned against the attack as he wanted a peaceful resolution to the crisis. Also The Muslim News understands that the Ayatullah wants to return home but that he has been categorically refused by his doctor, who wants him to spend more time recuperating in London.

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