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Shiite militias react angrily to decree integrating them into Iraqi forces

Pro-Iran Shiite militias in Iraq reacted with displeasure to the prime minister's decree to integrate the Popular Mobilization Units into the Iraqi military forces, but the majority of the PMU are pledging allegiance to Baghdad.
Fighters of Hashed Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization units) gather around the Tal Afar airport, west of Mosul, as they and Iraqi forces backed by local militia and a US-led coalition advance in driving the Islamic State group from the city, on August 27, 2017. 
Just a week after authorities announced an offensive to push the jihadists from one of their last major urban strongholds in Iraq, the Joint Operations Command said Iraqi forces held all 29 districts of the city and were pursuing final mopping up opera

Following a July 1 decree by Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi ordering the factions of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) to be absorbed into the state security forces, pro-Iranian PMU factions have reacted with anger.

Abdul Mahdi’s decree says, “All Popular Mobilization Units are to operate as an indivisible part of the armed forces and be subject to the same regulations,” but does not clarify whether they must be integrated fully into the Iraqi army or become a parallel force under the supervision of the prime minister as commander in chief of the armed forces.

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