MADRID, Jan. 3 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr, a key figure in Iraq, on Friday alerted his militia after the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a US attack at Baghdad airport, although he has called for calm .
In a statement, Al Sadr has expressed his condolences for the death of Soleimani and the 'number two' of the Popular Mobilization Forces (FMP), Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, although he has made it clear that his deaths will not stop “our resolution and our jihad. ”
In this regard, according to the Iraqi media, he has instructed the “Mujahideen, especially the Al Mahdi Army and the Al Yum al Mawud Brigade, and all those national factions under our orders to be ready to protect Iraq.”
However, he has assured that he prays to God to “save the region and Iraq from the danger” of a war, while trusting that “everyone will show wisdom and intelligence.”
Al Sadr is a key figure in Iraqi politics and a person very close to Tehran. The Shiite cleric founded in 2003 his Al Mahdi Army, which fought against the US presence in Iraq, causing numerous casualties in their ranks. The militia re-emerged in 2017 as part of the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group and has now defended anti-government protesters in Baghdad.