Sat Jul 18 2015 18:08 | (Voice of Iraq) - Baghdad
The Independent newspaper published a newly conducted with Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbalai, a spokesman for the top Shiite cleric in Iraq, Ali al-Sistani, asked the Western countries to provide Baghdad with more weapons to fight the "Islamic state".
He called Karbalai, in his rare for the Independent, the neighboring countries to close their borders to prevent the enrollment of volunteers organized "Islamic state" in Iraq and Syria.
According to The Independent that although the Karbalai did not mention the neighboring countries, which allow the entry of fighters by name, it is probably intended to Turkey, when he said "some countries do not care, and do not mind and not wary of crossing elements of the" Islamic State "to its borders."
The paper adds that al-Sistani, who never speaks publicly, his power is stronger than the Prime Minister, when an advisory opinion issued last year to mobilize tens of thousands of Shiites volunteers formed a militia to fight the "Islamic state".
It was the advisory opinion of al-Sistani, announced by his spokesman, Sheikh Karbalai effect in 2014 in a crowd of about 50 thousand men mostly of Shiites, and this guide, according to The Independent, the effectiveness of the Shiite authorities compared to the bankruptcy and corruption of civilian officials.
The Independent quoted for Karbalai saying that "popular crowd" forces fighting alongside government forces, is not sectarian, because it is as he put it includes actinomyces and Sunnis, Christians and Yezidis.
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