Tag Archives | Popular Mobilization Forces

Iraq can now Wrest its Sovereignty from Iran

By Hamdi Malik for Foreign Affairs. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Mustafa al-Kadhimi (pictured), Iraq's new prime minister as of May 12, has already announced a bold intention. In a short government manifesto he submitted to the Iraqi Parliament, Kadhimi emphasized his […]

PM says PMU should be under State Authority

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi prime minister stresses PMU should be Iraqi institution under state authority Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi faces a difficult task in implementing his reform plan for the Popular Mobilization Units organization […]

Powerful Iran-Backed Militia Losing Influence in Iraq

By Shelly Kittleson, for Foreign Policy. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. A Powerful Iran-Backed Militia Is Losing Influence in Iraq Five months after its charismatic leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was killed by a U.S. drone strike at the Baghdad airport, […]

The PMU Is Getting More Aggressive in Iraq

By Seth J. Frantzman, for Foreign Policy. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The PMU Is Getting More Aggressive in Iraq In January, Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of Iraq's largest political party, traveled to Iran's holy city of Qom to meet […]

The Future of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces

By Michael Knights, Hamdi Malik and Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Honored, Not Contained: The Future of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces Hastily raised when the Islamic State was knocking at […]

US firm "Suspends" Tank Maintenance in Iraq

By John Lee. US-based General Dynamics, which produces Abrams tanks, has reportedly suspended its maintenance program in Iraq after one of its tanks was provided to the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi Popular Mobilization Force (PMF). Iraq's al-Ghad Press has reports that the company withdrew from its base at Baghdad’s al-Muthanna airport after finding out that Iraq […]

New Report: Iraqi Security Forces, Popular Mobilization Forces

By John Lee. The Institute for the Study of War has issued a new report -- Iraqi Security Forces and Popular Mobilization Forces: Orders of Battle -- in which it claimes that the liberation Daesh's urban holdings in Iraq was necessary but not sufficient to secure America’s vital national interests. It says ISIS has lost […]

Iraq Recaptures Hawija from IS

On October 4, the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) media outlet claimed that Iraqi forces had fully recaptured the town of Hawija; hours after the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) said it launched a fresh offensive targeting its centre. The PMU claimed that the decisive victory came as part of a second stage of operations launched […]

What Next for Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units?

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  On July 26, the Iraqi government announced that the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) will be converted into “an independent military formation affiliated with the armed forces’ commander-in-chief.” The Shiite force […]

Hashd al Shaabi Heads Meet Western Delegation

By Jean Aziz for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  A hotel in Beirut was the scene of a series of secret meetings Aug. 8-11 between a diplomatic delegation that included representatives from Western countries and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and a delegation […]