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Iraq: Popular Mobilisation Forces are part of the security system

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks at the United States Institute of Peace on ties with the US and the war with Daesh in Washington, USA on March 20, 2017. ( Samuel Corum/ Anadolu Agency )
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi speaks in Washington, US on 20 March 2017 [Samuel Corum/ Anadolu Agency]

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi rejected the description of the Popular Mobilisation Forces as militias yesterday stating that they were an armed force that has become a part of the Iraqi security forces. He added that a law was passed in this regard.

In a speech during his visit to the Najaf province yesterday, Al-Abadi condemned the presence of armed individuals outside the framework of the authority and state.

He added that the first steps to fighting corruption began in the military and security institutions, stressing that building the army is ongoing on sound foundations, far from corruption.

Two days ago, in a written statement issued on the 97th anniversary of the founding of the Iraqi army, Al-Abadi stressed that Iraq is in the process of building a strong national army capable of defending the country.

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