Ayatollah Sistani: No Foreign Forces Without Iraq’s Consent

Ayatollah Sistani: No Foreign Forces Without Iraq’s Consent
Fri Dec 11, 2015 14:14:57

Iraq’s top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani calls on the government to show "no tolerance" towards any side that violates the country's sovereignty.

In a statement released on Friday, Ayatollah Sistani said neighboring states must not send troops to Iraq without the consent of the Iraqi government.

The statement, read by the hugely influential cleric's spokesman Sheikh Abdul Mehdi Karbala'i, did not name any country but it was apparently referring to Turkey which deployed a heavily-armed contingent of troops to northern Iraq last week.

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