View Full Version : Hashd Al-Shaabi’s Threat To Iraq’s Established Shiite Religious Parties

03-19-2015, 02:19 PM
While Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) are leading the charge in the operation to retake Tikrit and central Salahaddin, the country’s Shiite religious parties are thinking about their long term impact upon politics. Two of the pre-existing militias that have joined the Hashd the Badr Organization and Asaib Ahl Al-Haq already had political wings that won seats in parliament. They have been joined by a wide range of other groups some of which were formed to fight in Syria by Iran and others that are brand new having been created in response to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani’s call to defend the nation after the fall of Mosul. While some of these groups will fade away after the war with the Islamic State is over others will persist. They could turn their role in the conflict into political capital, which worries the existing parties such as Moqtada al-Sadr’s Ahrar and the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI). Both of those have recently been criticizing some of the PMU’s, which could be just the start of a larger struggle for power between them.

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