Muqtada al-Sadr interview with al-Nahar: “Hashd al-Shaabi operates under Shiite Marja (authority) and should not intervene in Iraq’s political matters,”

Dated: 17 June 2015

Original source (English): http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/170620154

Speaking to Al-Nahar newspaper, the leader of the Sadrist Movement said the escalation of religious conflict between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq was the result of the “authoritarian rule” of former Iraqi governments.

“Former governments are accountable for the escalation of violence in Iraq. The authoritarian treatment of Nouri al-Maliki with other groups was an especially key reason,” Sadr said referring to Maliki, the former Iraqi prime minister, who was in office between 2006 and 2014. Maliki was removed last year in the wake of the ISIS seizure of Mosul.

Sadr also warned that the Hashd al-Shaabi Shiite militias, groups widely supported by Baghdad and neighboring Iran, should not take political stances in Iraqi state or political affairs.

“Hashd al-Shaabi operates under Shiite Marja (authority) and should not intervene in Iraq’s political matters,”

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