Sistani calls on Iraqis to unite against Islamic State danger

Iraq`s top cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called on his compatriots to unite to confront the "big danger" posed by Islamic State militants, whose advances in the north have alarmed the Baghdad government and its ally the United States.

Reuters| Updated: Aug 08, 2014, 15:51 PM IST

Baghdad: Iraq`s top cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called on his compatriots to unite to confront the "big danger" posed by Islamic State militants, whose advances in the north have alarmed the Baghdad government and its ally the United States.
Sistani, delivering a weekly sermon through a spokesman in the sacred Shi`ite city of Kerbala, blamed Iraqi politicians for the crisis, saying they are motivated by self-interest.