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.
 

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