Tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens have volunteered to help the Iraqi army in its fight against the Takfiri terrorists, a senior commander of Iraq’s popular forces announced.
“More than 100,000 have volunteer forces have enrolled for fighting the ISIL terrorists,” Moin al-Kazzemi said on Monday.
Al-Kazzemi noted that a majority of volunteer forces are workers, and high school and university students, and said, “They have volunteered for the fight in obedience to the fatwa (religious decree) of Grand Ayatollah Seyed Ali Sistani.”
In June 2014, Iraq’s highest Shia authority Grand Ayatollah Sistani issued a Fatwa saying that it is a religious duty to stand up against the Takfiri terrorists and expel them from Iraq.
The grand Ayatollah called on all Iraqis to volunteer to defend their country and sanctities.
The call that was made on the public by a representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani a year ago came as the Takfiri terrorists had widened their grip in the North and the East, and threatened to march South, towards Baghdad.
Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that Ayatollah Sistani’s Fatwa on fighting ISIL terrorists saved Iraq against the ominous plots hatched by enemies.
In a statement released on the anniversary of the issuance of Fatwa, Abadi said the grand Ayatollah’s religious edict helped to prevent the spread of ISIL dominance in the region, al-Sumaria news website reported.
Abadi noted that after the grand Ayatollah’s Fatwa, the brave people of Iraq formed volunteer forces and started supporting the army in the fight against the terrorists.