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Are Iraq's PMU militias planning to put an end to protests?

Following the funeral of the top Iranian commander of the Quds Force, Iraqi militias are preparing to clamp down on protesters.
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Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have become involved in an open confrontation with the Iraqi protesters who have been demonstrating since Oct. 1 and calling for major reforms. Over the last three months, the PMU have been accused of participating in a crackdown on protests.

On Jan. 5, Dhi Qar province in southern Iraq witnessed the killing of two protesters who were among others protesting a symbolic funeral procession held by a group of armed men for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force Cmdr. Qasem Soleimani, who was assassinated at Baghdad International Airport Jan. 3.

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