Dated: 26 June 2015
Original source (Arabic): http://imamhussain.org/fri/4730vie.html
Translation starts here:
The Marja’ Sistani calls for the necessity of military leaders to coordinate with the groups participating in the fight against Da3sh and for medical staff to treat the injured cadres. (Friday Sermon – Sistani representative).
Representative of the Marja’ Sistani call the military leaders to the necessity of coordinating in the field with the groups participating in the fighting Da3sh and which underline the finest victories especially in Baiji, and calling for medical staff and health managers to exert the utmost allowed by the medical and humanitarian supplies they possess in treating the injured from the battle on the front lines of the fighting, expressing that this is a big part of the national and ethical responsibility. Similarly, Sistani’s representative warned of the growing phenomenon of some harmful habits with health and safety of the Iraqi people through the use of addictive water-pipes in cafes to the following of negative images on internet websites.
Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai’ said, during the second sermon of Friday prayers 26 June 2015: “As our armed forces and regiments from the volunteers have achieved noticeable advances in a number of different fighting fronts against the gangs of Da3sh and have been stepping up the pace of preparations for the liberation of other areas from control of the terrorists, remaining areas of Baiji have witnessed fierce street fighting to restore it from the control of these gangs which try to throw their suicide elements and other methods to compensate for their huge losses after most of the area was liberated. At the same time, the convoys of martyrs and injured from the heroes of the armed forces and the volunteers who are falling offerings in the path of sacrifice to preserve Iraq and its people, and its holy places. We want to affirm on the military leaders the necessity of realising the highest level of cooperation in the field between the participating groups in the fighting and the need to follow a military plan appropriate to the nature of the fighting inside the city, and the not relying on traditional approaches… And the need to train the fighters for this type of battle, for this will contribute in realising victory and minimising human and material losses.
Sheikh al-Karbalai’ added that: Preserving the lives of the fighters and minimising injuries in their ranks wherever possible must be among the priorities of the military leadership. For this purpose, all the help, capacities and available experience to put in the plans and appropriate programmes for each battle that they want to engage in. It is clear that the flow of heroic fighters to fight in whatever battle, no matter the sacrifices required, does not excuse the military leaders from their responsibility to take measures to secure the realisation of victory over the enemy with the minimal number of losses and injuries.
In a connected matter, the Marja’ Sistani, in Friday prayers at the Imam Husayn Shrine call on cadres of doctors and high and middle ranks and health managers to exert the utmost in accordance with the humanitarian resources they possess to aid and treat the injured from the battle and the fighting fronts expressing that this is an important part of the legal responsibility and duty national and moral duty saying: ‘and it is important to the same extent, and to also affect the strengthening of the moral of the fighters and citizens, in general is caring about the injured heroes who are being struck down in the fields of battle and recognising the value of their injury and sacrifice in the cause of defending Iraq and its people. At this time when we praise the efforts of the many cadres of doctors directly treating the injured fighters and what has been done by the Ministry of Health and its managers in this sphere, especially the doctors who are present with the militias in the field at the fighting fronts, we must draw attention to complaints of a lack of required care for the injured in some of the militias and medical centres….