TEHRAN (IQNA) – The association of Iraq’s Sunni Muslim scholars hailed the parliament’s recent recognition of the Shia-majority Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, as a subdivision of the country’s armed forces.
On Saturday, the legislature recognized Hashd al-Sha’abi as
an official force with similar rights as those of the regular army, therefore
legally establishing it as part of the National Armed Forces, which is subject
to its commandership.
Abdul-Qadir al-Alousi, who chairs the Council of Scholars of
Baghdad, welcomed the vote in a statement, saying it was the least token of
appreciation of Hashd al-Sha’abi sacrifices for the liberation of Iraq and
preservation of the country’s unity, Iraq’s Shafaaq news website reported.
The measure, he said, represents the will of the entire
Iraqi nation, including all of its ethnic and religious minorities, adding
anyone opposing the move pursues foreign-dictated goals as well as the
country’s disintegration and destruction, Press TV reported.
The Popular Mobilization Units were formed after the rise of
Daesh in Iraq in 2014.
In the early days of Daesh emergence in Iraq, the volunteer
fighters played an important role in reinforcing the army, which had initially
suffered heavy losses amid the lightening advances of the Takfiri terrorists.
Currently, Hashd al-Sha’abi has joined forces with the army
and other military groups, including Kurds and Christians, in the large-scale
operation to free the northern city of Mosul, the last remaining Daesh foothold
Iraqis find Daesh databank
Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces involved in the Mosul
battle came upon a databank belonging to the terror group in Amrakan Village
south of Mosul, Iraq’s al-Sumariah TV network reported.
The find comprises computers, financial documents, and
leases on agricultural lands overrun by the group. The gain led to the
identification of “all” of the terror group’s members and its financial
transactions with foreign countries.
The city fell to Daesh on June 10, 2014, the year it
unleashed its campaign of terror against the country. Mosul’s recapture would
deliver a decisive blow to Daesh terror activities both in Iraq and neighboring
Separately, London-based Al Quds Al Arabi paper reported
that the group had executed 32 Iraq civilians, which it had seized during raids
on residential houses south of Mosul on Friday, accusing them of collaboration
with security forces and “apostasy.”
Iraqi forces have, time and again, paused their operations
in favor of allowing civilians to flee the battleground, while Daesh refuses to
spare the non-combatants and uses them as human shields against the army’s