Sayyid Ammar al-Hakim, head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, considered the Congress’s decision to arm the components of the Iraqi society away from the central government as explicit violation of the Iraqi sovereignty and a mandate over the Iraqi people, stating that though it is in its early stages, the project was faced with wide condemnation and disapproval among the political surroundings and the national and social forces, and most importantly the denunciation by the religious authority, welcoming any support for Iraq in its war against ISIS provided that such support is channeled through the government and ensures the Iraq’s sovereignty. He also urged the government to arm all the forces facing ISIS whether the Arab tribes or the Peshmerga because this is their duty. According to him, there is no intention to not allow the armament of those who stand in the face of ISIS, calling for acting in unity, not allowing the other to interfere in the Iraqi affairs, and looking for common interests. The head of the Islamic Supreme Council also said that the division is a choice where everyone will lose, and all parties will lament the days of one Iraq, adding that it is Israel, the big countries in the region and the international imperialism that will benefit from Iraq’s division.
This came during a meeting held on May 2, 2015 between his Eminence and a group of the Iraqi tribes’ seniors in Diwan Baghdad at his office in Baghdad.
His Eminence warned against the division project, pointing to the sensitivities that will emerge in every arena and the blood that will be shed due to the delimitation of the borders. He said Iraq is witnessing the moment of solution, and it is impossible to look back and the wise men of this nation must foretell the future. Moreover, he wondered about what can demonstrate the national unity more than the mixing of the blood of the citizens of the South and the Center with that of their brothers in Tiktir to liberate the land. Here, he maintained that Iraq needs the army, the police, the federal police, the popular crowd, the Iraqi tribes and the Peshmerga to face ISIS, considering the organization of the biggest bloc represented by the national coalition as organization of the political process and of Iraq in general. He also said that the Supreme Council won’t adopt the provocative sectarian rhetoric even if it doesn’t win any seat at the parliament, renewing his call to legislate the law on the notable people and seniors of the Iraqi tribes, expressing his optimism as to the exploitation of the financial crisis by becoming self-dependent, taking on investment and giving bigger role to the private sector.