Ayatollah Sistani Asks Baghdad to Help Sunni Tribes Confront ISIL
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Seyed Ali al-Sistani called on the government to assist Sunni tribes in their fight against the ISIL terrorist group, after the group executed at least 220 tribesmen west of Baghdad this week.
"What is required from the Iraqi government ... is to offer quick support to the sons of this tribe and other tribes that are fighting ISIL terrorists," Ayatollah Sistani said, in an address read out by an aide in the holy city of Karbala.
"This will offer the opportunity to the other tribes to join the fighters against ISIL," he said.
The demand by Ayatollah Sistani came after at least 220 bodies of men from the Albu Nimr tribe, who had been seized by Islamic State days earlier, were found. They had been shot at close range, Al-Manar reported.