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Iraq's grand Ayatollah discourages sectarian violence in Diyala

By Rudaw 16/1/2016
Iraqi Shiites carrying a poster of Ayatollah Ali Sistani. AFP photo
Iraqi Shiites carrying a poster of Ayatollah Ali Sistani. AFP photo

 

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region--Iraq's grand Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani condemned bombings carried out earlier this week against Sunni mosques in Diyala Province, arguing that the Iraqi Security Forces have a responsibility to prevent such violence.

His representative promulgated Sistani's view and message on the recent violence in that province at the Friday sermon in the holy city of Najaf.

"We place full responsibility on the government security forces for repetition [of such attacks]," he said according to Reuters.

The latest sectarian violence to hit Diyala took place after a double suicide attack struck the town of Muqdadiyah.

The attacks were aimed at a cafe popular with Shiite militia members.

The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility.

Shortly afterwards Sunni mosques and businesses were attacked. Sistani discouraged such sectarian violence, believing that it will only benefit groups like ISIS.

Diyala Province, north of Baghdad and is inhabited by both Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

ISIS conquered parts of the province in June 2014 after the collapse of the Iraqi military. Shiite militiamen with Iranian backing managed to push the ISIS militants from several towns.

 

 

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Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 16/1/2016
violence can be removed , by removing religion ,Allah and Mohammad causing a lot of violence in the world ,these 2 criminal must be removed before you do anything ,they do not suite our new world , do you have to be an expert in world affairs to see this simple truth?anywhere you go where there is no religion ,there is no violence ,anywhere you go where there is no Allah and Mohammad ,there is no violence....so...
H2B | 16/1/2016
Okay, thanks Mr. ayatollah! But the sectarian violence between Shiite and Sunnis will continue for another two billion years or until the earth is sucked up by a red giant. Muslims started killing each other right after Mohammad died and it wont stop anytime soon.
mozad | 16/1/2016
Lol he invented sectarianism. There was no sectarianism in Iraq before, under or after Saddam until the ayatollahs of Iran interfered in Iraqi politics.
beetleking | 16/1/2016
That province is historic Salafi-jihadist bastions... So blowing couple of Jihadish mosque is not even a bad thing...
bain | 16/1/2016
Burning of sunni mosques is of course a very dangerous escalation but worse things are happening, more and more sunni sources are reporting that sunni men are taken by shia militias at checkpoints or just randomly in towns/cities, their bodies thrown on sidewalks the day after.

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