Iraqi Shiite cleric urges fighters to disarm after IS defeat

BAGHDAD – An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric is urging his fighters handy state-issued weapons back on the authorities next the declaration of victory versus the Islamic State group.

Muqtada al-Sadr also known as on his forces at hand a lot of the territory they handle to other branches of Iraq’s security forces, but stated his adult males would continue being as protectors of a holy Shiite shrine in Samarra, north of Baghdad.

Al-Sadr’s speech was broadcast on Iraq tv on Monday.

Primary Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory around IS inside a national tackle on Saturday evening, after Iraqi forces cleared the last IS strongholds from Iraq’s western desert.

Al-Sadr’s fighters took up arms in opposition to IS in the summer of 2014 after the slide of Mosul and they are officially a part of the government-sanctioned Preferred Mobilization Forces.