The pro-Iranian Iraqi armed group Kataib Hizbullah has criticised an attempt by Prime Minister Adil Abd-al-Mahdi to curb the independence of the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) militias.
Released on 1 July, the decree gave the militias a choice of either becoming “indivisible” parts of the armed forces that have no political affiliations and obey all its regulations or political parties that only carry weapons to protect their leaders and headquarters.
Those that chose the former will still report to the Popular Mobilisation Commission (PMC), the leaders of which are appointed by the prime minister in his capacity as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
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