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Iraq's Sadr orders fighters to disarm

On Saturday, al-Abadi said the fight against ISIL was over

Iraq's Sadr orders fighters to disarm

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iraq’s firebrand Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Monday ordered members of Saraya al-Salam militia, his Sadrist movement’s military wing, to hand over their weapons to the Iraqi government after defeating the ISIL terrorist group. 

“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.

 
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