Al-Sistani representative: welcomes assistance of our friends does not mean turning a blind eye to our independence and identity

SHAFAQNA – Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s comments, by his representative Ahmed al-Safi during Friday prayers in the Shia holy city of Karbala,Praised the cohesion of the Iraqi people in the war against “terrorism”, and while confirming that we welcome aid of “our friends and brothers,” does not mean turning a blind eye “of our independence and our identity,” criticized the delay, “” popular crowd fighters dues. He urged the government to step up support for the Shia militias battling ISIS alongside the Iraqi military.Al-Safi also urged authorities to pay outstanding salaries to many Shia militiamen, adding that such delays were “unacceptable.”

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