World Bulletin / News Desk
“I ordered the Saraya al-Salam group to immediately surrender their weapons to the state,” al-Sadr told reporters in the southern city of Najaf.
On Saturday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said the fight against ISIL was over, saying that Iraqi forces were in full control of Iraq’s border with Syria.
“Saraya al-Salam will be turned into a public organization,” al-Sadr said. “We want the government in return to create new job opportunities for the unemployed.”
He said he would freeze all his military units after a United Nations decision on Saturday to end sanctions imposed on Iraqi following its invasion of neighboring Kuwait in 1990.
The Shia cleric called on the government to provide help to families who lost relatives in the fight against ISIL and to launch an investigation into those responsible for the fall of Mosul into ISIL hands in 2014.
Shia militias have played a major role in military operations aimed at dislodging ISIL militants from areas they captured in 2014 in northern and western Iraq.
Army frequently carries out sweeping arrest campaigns in occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem
Icy roads contribute to at least 4 fatalities, fifth death attributed to exposure
Republican leadership eyes Thursday vote on stopgap bill, but passage is uncertain without Democratic support
Border patrol also harasses and uses violence against volunteers, who provide aid, reports say
Pentagon and U.S.-led coalition contradicted with each other on function of PYD/PKK-led SDF forces in Syria
Lee, a naturalized US citizen also known as Zhen Cheng Li, was arrested late Monday after he arrived at JFK International Airport in New York.
Israeli forces first detained al-Tamimi on Dec. 19 during an overnight raid
If France recognizes Palestine as a state, more countries will follow it, says Luxembourg FM
U.S. said Tuesday it was suspending a total of $65 million in aid to Palestine
Reason for crash not yet known, defense minister says
Electoral coalitions in Iraq are often formed based on sectarian and ethnic lines
Al-Aqsa officials are warned not to carry out any renovation work at flashpoint holy site, local official says
Rescue team has not ruled out possibility of locating more bodies
Israeli officials say Gaza economy was “like from zero to below zero”
Salim al-Jubouri also stresses need to support war-ravaged Nineveh province in post-ISIL era