Popular Mobilization Forces

Iran-Backed Shiite Militias Demand U.S. Leave Iraq

A senior commander for the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) operating in Iraq, also known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, demanded American military forces must leave Iraqi soil following the defeat of the Islamic State.

A supporter of the Shiite Huthi movement looks on during a gathering in the capital Sanaa, on August 24, 2017, to mobilize more fighters in the conflict against pro-government forces. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran-Allied Militia Attacks Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq

A group affiliated with a predominantly Shiite paramilitary force backed by Iran and legally operating as a component of the Iraqi military has reportedly bombed Kurdish Peshmerga positions in northern Iraq’s Sinjar region, Rudaw reports.

TOPSHOT - An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter, next to an Iraqi Kurds flag, holds a position in Sheikh Ali village near the town of Bashiqa, some 25 kilometres north east of Mosul, on November 6, 2016 during an operation against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists to retake the main hub …