From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
Shia militias in Iraq have been given backing by the government and as a result are growing bigger and stronger by the day.
Many of them recently merged under the banner of the 'Popular Mobilisation Forces', but their growing popularity is creating controversy.
Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow reports from northern Iraq: