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Sadrists' Retribution: Sistani Aides Escape Assassination

The Jerusalem Post reports that two top aides to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani have narrowly escaped separate assassination attempts, one in Basra and the other in Kut.

According to police, Sheik Ali al-Fudhaili was seriously wounded in one attack and his driver was killed when gunmen ambushed their vehicle in Basra.

Gunmen also fired on the car of Habib Salman al-Khatib in the Shi'ite city of Kut. Al-Khatib was not injured but one of his guards was wounded, police said.

For context, last week Muqtada al-Sadr's top aide and director of Najaf operations Riyadh al-Nouri was assassinated in that city, which is also home to Sistani.