A member of the Hashd al-Shaabi carries a portrait of Sistani. AFP / HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI
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Iraqi Shiite paramilitary groups who took part in the war against Daesh (ISIS) militants should be incorporated into state security bodies, the nation's top Shiite Islamic scholar said.Sistani's position is in line with that of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who wants to prevent commanders of the militias known as Al-Hashd al-Shaabi from using power and clout they acquired during the war in elections due on May 12 .Sistani was the author of a landmark fatwa, or religious decree, which urged Iraqis to volunteer for the war on Daesh after the government's armed forces collapsed in 2014 and the militants swept toward the gates of Baghdad.
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