PM al-Abadi dissolved PMF decree to withdraw from Ninawa

August 25, 2018 at 10:03 pm

Mosul, 22 February 2017, the operation of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) against the Islamic State (ISIS) in the west of Ninawa. Photo courtesy of the PMF media

Mosul, 22 February 2017, the operation of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) against the Islamic State (ISIS) in the west of Ninawa. Photo courtesy of the PMF media

Ninawa – KirkukNow
The commander-in-chief of Iraq decided to dissolve two decrees previously issued by the management of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) concerning their withdrawal in Ninawa and some other areas.
The management of PMF decided to redeploy and withdraw from some areas inside Ninawa, one year after its liberation.
A decree from al-Abbadi, prime minister and commander-in-chief, which was issued on 21 August, decides to dissolve two PMF decrees, urging them to implement the instructions and not to politicise the force.

He urges PMF not to dissolve any unit without the approval of the commander-in-chief as well.
In a recent decree of PMF, signed by the deputy head of the council Mahdi Muhandis, the redeployment and shift of forces is urged from the west and east of Ninawa, Baiji. The decree also encourages forming the Ninawa Front Command.

The same decree orders the withdrawal of their forces from north Sinjar (also called Shangal) and removal of all of their forces inside Ninawa city.
A battalion of PMF withdrew from Sinjar later, 120m southwest of Mosul and another force replaced them on the border of Syria and Iraq. Iraqi forces took the sole responsibility of the town’s security.

PMF was founded in the mid-2014, after the raid of the Islamic State (ISIS) under a fatwa by the supreme religious leader of Shia Ayatollah Ali Sistani. It later merged into the security forces of Iraq, after parliament approved their merger.

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