TEHRAN (Basirat)- after liberation of all Daesh-held areas by the Iraqi army and security forces, including Hashd al-Shaabi, the military presence of coalition forces, Americans in particular, will be up to no good as they will have no real reason to stay in Iraq and region.
after liberation of all Daesh-held areas by the Iraqi army and security forces, including Hashd al-Shaabi, the military presence of coalition forces, Americans in particular, will be up to no good as they will have no real reason to stay in Iraq and region. By Hadi MohammadiIraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known as Hashd al-Shaabi forces, was formed by the Iraqi government in mid-June 2014, two days after top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani issued a fatwa (religious edict) urging people to defend the Arab country against the Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh (ISIL or ISIS). The grassroots organization swiftly turned into a determining national power against subversive plans hatched by regional and trans-regional backers of terrorism in Iraq.
The organization has three characteristics which distinguish it from other groups in the Arab country. Firstly, it was formed in Iraq outside the will of the US and its influence, secondly, PMU enjoys the support of Iraq’s leadership of religious authority as it was established based on religious motives, and thirdly, the voluntary organization was formed free from any sectarian and ethnic provocations with an emphasis on Iraq’s territorial integrity, national sovereignty and a mixture of various tribes and religious sects.
The presence of Hashd al-Shaabi troops in the battle against Daesh and their determining role in pushing back the terrorist group have left a good record behind that even former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a regular critic of the government, hailed their gains on the ground. Hashd al-Shaabi, as a subdivision of Iraq’s army, police and military and security units and because of its complementary role, turned into a major force to destroy Daesh after it achieved great victories on the ground against the terrorists and won trust and support of the Iraqi nation. And now, it is playing a key role in a large-scale operation aimed at liberating the northern city of Mosul, the last stronghold of Daesh, and some parts of Nineveh and Anbar, from the clutches of the Takfiri militants. PMU’s good record and successive victories encouraged Iraq's parliament to accord full legal status to the popular movement to be a main player in Iraq’s future strategic horizon. As a result, certain internal and external elements excited desperate reactions to the move and described the movement as a party pooper. This proves how they are aligned with currents of Takfiri terrorism and foreign interventionism.
The important point is that nearly a third of the organization and its military units is made up of Sunnis, Turkmen, Christians, Shabakis and Izadis. Its tribal fighters number more than 30,000 people organized in 25 operation units.
On November 26, a total of 208 members of Iraq’s Council of Representatives voted in support of the legislation, which recognized Hashd al-Shaabi as part of the national armed forces. However, factions close to Iraqi Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani, Osama Abdul Aziz al-Nujaifi, the National (al-Wataniya) Coalition and Ayad Allawi opposed the move each following specific reasons and interests. Barzani’s party, Kurdistan Democratic Party, which paved the way for Daesh to occupy Mosul and then supported Saudi and Turkish-backed groups, is against this law because the movement’s existence will bury Barzani’s dream for Iraq’s disintegration. Nujaifi is the one who invited Daesh to wreak havoc on Iraq and is the harbinger of Saudi Arabia and Turkey’s anti-national plans in the Arab country. He is worried because Hashd al-Shaabi will not allow him to foment tribal discord in the country. And Allawi described formation of the popular movement along with army as unnecessary.
The voluntary movement is a symbol of Iraq’s national unity against Daesh and also the Arab country’s national power in the face of western interventionism and terror plots. Moreover, giving a legal status to the organization received approval of a large majority of Sunnis, Kurds, Turkmen and other minorities because Hashd al-Shaabi now plays a major role in preserving the Arab country’s sovereignty and unity in the face of future threats.
Obviously, after Daesh is fully eliminated in Iraq, Hashd al-Shaabi forces should uproot its ideology in the next step. An ideology which is intertwined with colonial and interventionist policies of Turkey and Saudi Arabia. In addition of helping with the country’s construction and security, it will not allow Wahhabis and Ottomanis to interfere in the country’s internal affairs.
Furthermore, after liberation of all Daesh-held areas by the Iraqi army and security forces, including Hashd al-Shaabi, the military presence of coalition forces, Americans in particular, will be up to no good as they will have no real reason to stay in Iraq and region.