Will Iraq’s PM dissolve anti-ISIS volunteer forces?

Reports of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi dissolving the mainly Shiite Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have recently emerged amid differences between the premier and the volunteer forces.

The reports followed a deadlock between Abadi and Iran-backed PMU leaders who were said that they were not complying with his orders.

The PMU was formed from Shiite armed groups and volunteers after a fatwa (an Islamic religious edict) by the influential spiritual leader of Iraq’s Shiite majority, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, calling Iraqis to fight ISIS.

The reports say Abadi wants to include the PMU in the Iraqi army especially after his failure to include more Sunni fighters to the units.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50