Muqtada Sadr threatens British troops in Iraq
The influential Iraqi Shiite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, has threatened to target the British soldiers in Iraq if they take part in the anticipated operation to liberate the northern city of Mosul.

After a controversial remark last week in which Sadr said the US troops in Iraq remain a target for his forces, the Shiite cleric warned the British soldiers today over their combat involvement in the operation.

Addressing a group of his followers, Sadr said others [foreign countries] are united over their plan in Iraq while we [Iraqis] are divided upon our rights.

He further said if British soldiers take part in the operation to liberate Mosul, “they will be considered as invaders” and likely to be targeted by the Shiite militias, BasNews said.

Thousands of military advisors from the US-led coalition are now training the Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces in a bid to make them ready for an ultimate offensive against IS in Mosul.

However, the foreign troops are not expected to take a combat role during the operation, but they will be providing advisory assistance to the local forces.

News Code: 13799  |  Date: 2016/07/25  |  Time: 13 : 13

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