Iraq PM sacks paramilitary chief Faleh al-Fayad

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Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Thursday announced the dismissal of the head of the Popular Mobilization Forces, which played a major role in stinging defeats of ISIS.

The prime minister in a statement reproached the force’s head Faleh al-Fayad for “having been implicated in partisan political matters which contravene the rules of neutrality which apply to members of the security and intelligence forces.”

Fayad, 62, was also dismissed from his position as head of the National Security Apparatus.

Despite being on the PM’s electoral list ahead of legislative polls that took place in May, the prime minister suspected Fayad of negotiating behind his back with rival Hadi al-Ameri as post-election talks were underway.

The Popular Mobilization Force was created by the government in 2014, after a call to fight ISIS by the spiritual leader of the Shiite community, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani.

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