Iraq’s top Shia cleric urges Armed Forces to be free from foreign influence

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Iraq’s top Shia cleric Ali al-Sistani said the armed forces in the country should be loyal to the nation and free from foreign influence while dealing with the months-long protests.


Sistani’s message was read by a representative during a sermon in Karbala, a day after a young man was killed and hanged in public allegedly by protesters in central Baghdad.

Sistani also urged the state to assert control over the widespread use of arms in the country. He condemned the increase in kidnappings, and killings while anti-government protests continue.

Following the brutal killing of a 16-year-old boy by protesters in Baghdad, many influential political and religious figures in Iraq warned that they would consider stepping aside if proven that protesters are actually behind the killing.

The young boy was accused of killing protesters, which was later refuted by his family. Protest organizers also said they were not involved in his killing.

Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of Sairoon Alliance, has also threatened to order his militias to leave the protesters’. His militiamen, known as the Blue Helmets, have been playing a key role as a protection line between protesters and the security forces.

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Iraq’s top Shia cleric urges Armed Forces to be free from foreign influence

2019/12/1576243213.jpg
Read: 1118     17:34     13 December 2019    

Iraq’s top Shia cleric Ali al-Sistani said the armed forces in the country should be loyal to the nation and free from foreign influence while dealing with the months-long protests.


Sistani’s message was read by a representative during a sermon in Karbala, a day after a young man was killed and hanged in public allegedly by protesters in central Baghdad.

Sistani also urged the state to assert control over the widespread use of arms in the country. He condemned the increase in kidnappings, and killings while anti-government protests continue.

Following the brutal killing of a 16-year-old boy by protesters in Baghdad, many influential political and religious figures in Iraq warned that they would consider stepping aside if proven that protesters are actually behind the killing.

The young boy was accused of killing protesters, which was later refuted by his family. Protest organizers also said they were not involved in his killing.

Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of Sairoon Alliance, has also threatened to order his militias to leave the protesters’. His militiamen, known as the Blue Helmets, have been playing a key role as a protection line between protesters and the security forces.

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