Sadr says ‘terrorist outlaws’ dragged Iraq into ‘dangerous war’

Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr delivers a speech to his supporters following Friday prayers at the grand mosque of Kufa, on May 3, 2019. (AFP photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraq’s Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Thursday some “terrorist outlaws” have dragged Iraq into a “dangerous regional war” by targeting a “Gulf state”.

“I categorically reject Iraq’s involvement in such conflicts,” Sadr said in a statement he published on Twitter.

He didn’t make it clear if he was referring specifically to a foiled drone attack on the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday.

The UAE said it intercepted three drones that entered its airspace over unpopulated areas, according to Reuters.

The attack was claimed by a little known group, the “True Promise Brigade”, Reuters said.

“I join those who demand an end to the war against Yemen, and I also join my voice to stop normalization with the Zionist enemy,” Sadr said, referring to Israel.

The Shia cleric further said the issues should be solved through dialogue, not violence and fighting.

“It is important that Iraq not be a launching pad for aggression against neighboring and regional countries,” Sadr added.

“The government must deal with the perpetrators seriously and firmly, otherwise it will be remiss, and its silence may cause unimaginable consequences.”

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