Iraq’s Sistani condemns US air strikes on Iran-backed militia

A poster of Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. (File photo: AP)

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani condemned on Monday US air strikes that hit several bases of an Iran-backed militia and killed at least 25 people, demanding respect for Iraq’s sovereignty.

The “illegal practices carried out by some sides” must not be used as a reason to violate Iraq’s sovereignty, Sistani’s office said in a statement.

“The Iraqi authorities alone are entitled to deal with these practices and take the necessary measures to prevent them. They are called upon do so and to ensure Iraq does not become a field for settling regional and international scores and that others do not interfere in its internal affairs,” Sistani said.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:55 - GMT 06:55