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Arrest of an Iraqi PMU commander puts militias on notice

Amid protests demanding justice after a series of assassinations, Iraqi security forces have arrested the commander of one prominent militant faction.
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BAGHDAD — A day after a major protest demanding greater accountability in Iraq, especially as concerns the unsolved murders of several activists, the commander of a faction affiliated with the Popular Mobilization Units was arrested in a move that was followed by allied factions entering Baghdad’s Green Zone in a show of force.

Qassim Musleh, who was arrested on terrorism charges, is the head of the Tufuf Brigade, the 13th Brigade in Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, and PMU commander for Anbar including the Iraqi-Syrian border area.

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