October 20, 2017 / 10:00 AM / a month ago

Iraq top shi'ite cleric Sistani asks government to protect Kurds

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s top Shi‘ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on Friday called on the government to protect the Kurdish population in northern Iraq.

Sistani’s call, issued at the Friday prayer in the holy Shi‘ite city of Kerbala by one of his representatives, came amid reports of abuses against Kurds in Kirkuk and other areas taken by Iraqi forces since Monday.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Catherine Evans

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