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Analyst: Iran-Allied Militias Will Cause Iraq’s Next War

The next time post-Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) Iraq descends into war will be linked to the Baghdad-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an umbrella group of predominantly Iran-backed Shiite militias, an Iran analyst during the 2017 Aspen Security Forum.

Members of the Iraqi pro-government Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitary forces gesture from the modern town of Hatra, near the eponymous UNESCO-listed ancient city, southwest of the northern city of Mosul, on April 28, 2017. Iraqi forces retook the town of Hatra, southwest of Mosul, on the third day of …