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Shiite military factions have long way to integrate into state forces

Despite Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's decree about the Popular Mobilization Units, they have a long way to go to integrate into state forces.
Members of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) walk as they enter their headquarters in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani - RC1350C4F160

While Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's deadline for the integration of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) into Iraq's official security forces passed July 31, there is a long road ahead for this task.

Abdul Mahdi issued a decree last month giving the PMU until July 31 to integrate fully into Iraqi security forces or hand their weapons to the state. 

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