December 15, 2017 / 10:10 AM / a month ago

Shi'ite paramilitaries should be incorporated in Iraqi state security bodies - Sistani

BAGHDAD, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi‘ite paramilitary groups who took part in the war on Islamic State militants should be incorporated into state security bodies, the nation’s top Shi‘ite cleric said.

In a message delivered at the Friday sermon in the holy city of Kerbala through one of his representatives, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said all weapons used in fighting the insurgents should be brought under the control of the Iraqi government.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; editing by John Stonestreet

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