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Top Shiite cleric Sadr says his militias are ready to protect Iraq Against Further Attacks

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Top Shiite cleric Sadr says his militias are ready to protect Iraq Against Further Attacks.

An influential Shiite cleric in Iraq, who heads the largest political bloc in Iraq’s parliament, says he is mourning the deaths of Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leaders killed in US strikes on Friday, adding that his militias are ready to defend Iraq during this time.

Muqtada al-Sadr said in a Twitter statement he has given orders to his previously dismantled Mehdi Army to be prepared to “protect Iraq.”

“As the patron of the patriotic Iraqi resistance I give the order for all mujahideen, especially al-Imam al-Mehdi Army, Promised Day Brigade, and all patriotic and disciplined groups to be ready to protect Iraq,” he said.

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Sadr also called on Iraqis to exercise “wisdom and shrewdness” and asked that God “protect the region from dangers and protect our beloved Iraq.”

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