Iraq’s Sadr mourns Soleimani, says followers ready to defend Iraq: statement

Moqtada al-Sadr addresses his supporters at the grand mosque of Kufa on September 21, 2018. (Photo: AFP)

Populist Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr mourned on Friday the killing of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leaders in a US air strike in Baghdad and said his militias were ready to defend Iraq.

“As the patron of the patriotic Iraqi resistance I give the order for all mujahideen, especially the Mehdi Army, Promised Day Brigade, and all patriotic and disciplined groups to be ready to protect Iraq,” he said in a statement.

Sadr, who positions himself as a nationalist rejecting both US and Iranian interference in Iraq, called on all sides to behave with “wisdom and shrewdness” however.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05