Jun 13, 2015, 1:22 PM
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Ayatollah Sistani’s fatwa saved Iraq: Abadi

Tehran, June 13, IRNA – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the Fatwa issued by grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on fighting ISIL terrorists saved Iraq against the ominous plots hatched by enemies.

In a statement released on the anniversary of the issuance of Fatwa, Abadi said the grand Ayatollah’s religious edict helped to prevent the spread of ISIL dominance in the region, al-Sumaria news website reported.

Last summer, Ayatollah Sistani, Iraq’s most senior Shia cleric, issued a Fatwa saying that it is a religious duty to stand up against the Takfiri terrorists and expel them from Iraq.

The grand Ayatollah called on all Iraqis to volunteer to defend their country and sanctities.

Abadi noted that after the grand Ayatollah’s Fatwa, the brave people of Iraq formed volunteer forces and started supporting the army in the fight against the terrorists.

Iraq has been facing the growing threat of terrorism, mainly posed by the ISIL terrorist group.

The ISIL militants made advances in northern and western Iraq in summer 2014, after capturing swaths of northern Syria.

However, a combination of concentrated attacks by the Iraqi military and the volunteer forces, who rushed to take arms after Ayatollah Sistani issued the fatwa, have blunted the edge of the ISIL offensive.