Abadi To Reorganize Structure Of Hashid Al-Shaabi
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the Iraqi government will make changes in the structure and body of the Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashid al-Shaabi) to avoid political and sectarian influence among the militia.
Abadi, who is also Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, said in a statement the organization of Hashid al-Shaabi will be rearranged according to military standards.
The Shia paramilitaries will be divided into a number of brigades and regiments, Abadi said. The government will deal with the militia as a military force after a restructuring, according to the statement.
The Iraqi premier has faced criticism internationally regarding Hashid al-Shaabi over actions carried out by the militia said to trespass commonly accepted military standards.
Hashid al-Shaabi is an Iraqi government-backed umbrella organization of mainly Shia armed militias.
The group has worked closely with the Iraqi government, supplementing armed personnel in many areas in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) and was officially united in June 2014 by the Iraqi Ministry of Interior.