Ammar Aziz- Ninewa
The Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a paramilitary group backed by the Iraqi government withdrew from some areas in Ninewa province, including Shingal (Sinjar) and have been replaced by Iraqi army units.
According to security sources, the move has been ordered by the Iraqi government.
“In the past few days, PMF troops pulled out of Majrees, Bir Khasim and Bir Adam villages in eastern Shingal”, Salam Barakat, a leading member of the Ezidxan protection forces told (KirkukNow).
450 PMF fighters, stationed in three villages, have moved out
He added that “nearly 450 PMF fighters, stationed in those three villages have moved out according to an Iraqi government order and now been replaced by the Iraqi army’s 15th division and 93rd brigade troops.”
Meanwhile, Khal Ali, commander of the PMF’s Lalish regiment said, “There is a 2,000-strong PMF force currently deployed in areas around Shingal and are ready to pull out whenever they’re ordered.”
Fahad Hamid, Shingal district commissioner indicated that the withdrawal process started four months ago and will continue in the coming days.”
“The PMF is gradually moving out of Ninewa, and soon they completely pull out they would be replaced by regular army units.”
The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces have been deployed in Ninewa since 2017 within the Iraqi forces’ military operations to retake the province from the Islamic State (IS) group.