US Sanctions on PMUs puts Iraq in Tough Spot

The PMU did not notice this distinction, as its spokesman Ahmad al-Asadi condemned the bill listing Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba and Asaib Ahl al-Haq as terrorist organizations, noting, “The two movements are affiliated with the PMU and are part of the Iraqi state.”

Asadi told Al-Monitor, “The US decision targets the resistance factions that have played a huge role in the war against the Islamic State [IS], which constituted a global threat.”

The US designation of PMU leaders and movements as terrorists is bound to embarrass Abadi’s government once again. Some consider this designation part of Washington’s conflict with Tehran in the Middle East.

Adnan al-Sarraj, a Shiite politician close to Abadi’s government, told Al-Monitor, “The PMU is part of Iraq’s military institution and has played a key role in the war on terrorism. The United States should not involve us in its tug of war with Iran.”

Al-Monitor found out Nov. 18 in Baghdad that Naim al-Aboudi, the spokesperson for Asaib Ahl al-Haq, had said that the movement asked the Iraqi government to take an official stance regarding the US bill that offends the Iraqi unity and sovereignty.

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