Sadr released a statement on Tuesday (November 7) ordering Shia paramilitary from Saraya al-Salam to close its bases and leave the city of Kirkuk in 72 hours.
“Kirkuk province and all other provinces must be only under the control of the Iraqi security forces,” Sadr added.
The order came two days after twin blasts went off near a Shia Saraya al-Salam base in Kirkuk city. Six people were killed and 18 others were wounded due to the blasts.
The first attacker blew up an explosives-rigged car, followed by the second, who used an explosive belt, a security official said.
Sadr’s force, formerly known as the Mahdi Army, is part of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary alliance that has battled the Islamic State (ISIS).
Iraqi security forces backed by Hashid al-Shaabi in mid-October seized oil-rich Kirkuk province from Peshmerga forces in the wake of a Kurdish independence vote held in defiance of Baghdad.