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Ayatollah Sistani meets with UN envoy in Iraq

Rasa – The head of the United Nations Investigative Team on Daesh crimes in Iraq met with ‎Ayatollah al-Sistani at his office in Iraq.‎
RNA – Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali al-Sistani, a revered Najaf-based source of emulation met ‎wth Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, a British lawyer, human rights specialist and the head of the ‎United Nation’s investigative team, and Nicole Al-Khouri, a lawyer from the group, at his ‎office in the holy Iraqi city of Najaf.‎

His Eminence expressed his satisfaction over the formation of an investigative team to ‎evaluate the crimes committed by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Iraq.‎

He emphasized on the necessity of storing pieces of evidence of the crimes committed by ‎the terrorist organization adding, “The perpetrators of such crimes must be prosecuted for ‎their actions, and the world must be aware of their danger.”‎

Ayatollah al-Sistani called for serious attention to Daesh’s crimes against the Christians and ‎Turkmens in Nineveh Governorate, as well as the Yazidis in the Sinjar region and stated, “The ‎horrific crimes committed by the terrorists in taking women as slaves and selling them must ‎also be taken into consideration.”‎

He also emphasized the necessity of returning the displaced to their home areas and ‎providing the opportunity they needed and added, “Although reconstruction of Iraq’s war-‎torn cities is the duty of the Iraqi government, international committees must also help Iraq ‎in this task.”‎

During the meeting, the United Nations envoy provided a report on the tasks accomplished ‎by the investigative team and asked Ayatollah al-Sistani to encourage victims of Daesh’s ‎crimes, especially the women, to “step forward and cooperate with the investigative team.”‎

It should be noted that in July 2014, Daesh claimed that it had formed a global caliphate and ‎called itself the Islamic State. It controlled large parts of northern Iraq, eastern Syria, with ‎populations of 2.8 million and 8 million people respectively, and small sections of Libya, ‎Nigeria and Afghanistan.‎

In a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, on ‎November 21, 2017, General Qasem Soleymani announced the end of the domination of ‎Daesh. However, small areas in the central areas of the Iraqi-Syrian border are still under the ‎control of the terrorist group.‎

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