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Arab sources: Soleimani threatened Sadr that his life in Iraq is not safe

On Friday, Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath sources reported that the Iranian Quds Force commander, Qassem Soleimani, had threatened the leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, that his life in Iraq was not safe.

Soleimani al-Sadr, who is currently in Iran, also threatened to expel and prevent him from entering it.

According to our sources, Soleimani informed the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Authority, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, that al-Sadr would be neutral.

The sources added that Suleimani’s threats targeted the presidents of the Republic, Barham Salih, and the parliament, Muhammad al-Halbousi, the Iraqis.

This comes as Iraqi Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani said today, Friday, that early elections in Iraq are the only solution to get the country out of the crisis it is witnessing after two and a half months of protests in the capital and several southern cities.

Protests continue in Iraq, on Friday, while the constitutional deadline for the appointment of a new prime minister to succeed outgoing President Adel …

Al-Sistani said in his Friday sermon delivered by his representative, Abdul-Mahdi Al-Karbalai, in the city of Karbala, south of Baghdad, that “the nearest and safest way to get out of the current crisis and avoid going to the unknown, chaos, or internal fighting (…) is to return to the people by holding early elections.”

Sistani demanded that the new government work on elections away from the power of arms, and that the new government be “non-controversial”.

The protests continue in Iraq, on Friday, while the constitutional deadline for the appointment of a new prime minister to succeed the resigned president, Adel Abdul-Mahdi , has ended .

The protesters continue their protests, announcing their refusal to nominate a figure from the parliamentary blocs to head the government.

And US Assistant Secretary of State David Schenker recently said in an exclusive interview with Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath channels that the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Qassem Soleimani “has a record of violating Iraqi sovereignty . He is in Baghdad to choose the next Iraqi prime minister.” And this is unacceptable. “

He stressed that “Soleimani violates the travel ban imposed by the Security Council.” He also made it clear that Washington does not have the powers to arrest Soleimani in Iraq. He continued: “The Iraqi government can arrest Qasim Soleimani, according to a Security Council resolution.” Source