Jul 10, 2018 13:51 Asia/Tehran
  • Popular mobilization units: The main defenders of Iraqi land, nation and sanctities

Iran Press (Tehran) -- Iraq's national security adviser, and the head of popular mobilization units (PMUs) , Faleh al-Fayaz , has described the popular mobilization units as the main defenders of Iraqi territories, the Iraqi nation, and Iraqi sanctities.

According to an Iran press report on Tuesday, Faleh al-Fayaz emphasized that the popular mobilization units  (PMUs) , also known as Hashd al-Sha'bi , are well-organized, highly-disciplined  regular forces who take their orders directly from the Headquarters of the Iraqi Armed Forces, and they also operate according to Iraq's constitution.

 Faleh al-Fayaz emphasized that PMUs were created in 2014, after a "fatwa" (or religious edict ) was issued by Iraq's most senior religious authority ,Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali al-Sistani , after Daesh terrorists seized large swathes of Iraqi territory.

With the approval of the Iraqi parliament in 2016, PMUs were placed under the supervision of Iraq's interior ministry, and they also took their orders directly from the Headquarters of the Iraqi Armed Forces.

The Iraqi prime minister, Haidar al-Ebadi has also emphasized on many occasions that the popular mobilization units  ( Hashd al-Sha'bi ) are controlled by the Iraqi government , and by Iraq's top religious authorities.

Many senior Iraqi officials and politicians have repeatedly confirmed that the popular mobilization units  ( known as Hashd al-Sha'bi ) are part of the Iraqi armed forces , and are controlled by the Iraqi government.

Thus, the PMUs are part and parcel of Iraqi security forces, and they played a crucial role in expelling Daesh terrorists from Iraqi territory.  


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