Babylon the Great Asks for the Impossible

US calls on Iraq todisarm Shia militias

January 16, 2019 at 11:55 am

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on the Iraqi government to disarm 67 Shia militias and freeze their activities in preparation to them being disbanded. In response to the US request, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has asked Washington to give him some time to act.

Al-Arabiya news site published a list of the militias targeted, including those belonging to political parties participating in the Iraqi government. Among these are the military wing of the Badr Organisation led by Hadi Al-Amiri; the Iraqi Kata’ib Hezbollah or Hezbollah Brigades; the Brigade of Abu Al-Fadl Al-Abbas, also known as Al-Abbas Brigade; and Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq led by Qais Al-Khazali and Saraya Al-Salam, affiliated with influential Shia cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr.

Most of the militias covered by Pompeo’s request are backed by Iran.

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