A 'Martyr' Sniper Becomes a Hero to Iraq's Shiites 1 234 567

A 'Martyr' Sniper Becomes a Hero to Iraq's Shiites

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Ali Jayad al-Salhi, a veteran sniper in an Iraqi militia, was killed in fighting with the Islamic State group in 2017. He was then vaulted into legend, virtually becoming a new saint for the Shiite community.Posters of al-Salhi adorn storefronts, homes and car windows in his home city of Basra and other Shiite areas. One bakery sells cakes adorned with an image of his face. Poems praise his valor and piety. His rifle, with which he's said to have killed nearly 400 IS militants, is...

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