Iraq's Shia Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) has been incorporated into the country's security forces following a decision by Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi, a government official said.
Al-Abadi's spokesman, Saad Al-Hadithi, told the Anadolu Agency that the decision establishes the PMF as an independent military formation and a part of the Iraqi armed forces.
The decision states that the "PMF will act in a manner comparable to the current counterterrorism apparatus, in terms of organisation and affiliation." Iraq's counterterrorism force, known as the Golden Division, skirts the military chain of command and reports directly to Iraq's prime minister.
The decision notes that the new official "military formation" will be manned by the PMF's "staff, brigades, and members."
According to the decision, the PMF "will be cut from all political, party and social frameworks, and political work will be prohibited in its ranks."