ERBIL — A Peshmerga official said that the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi are not under the control of Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, expecting the militias to target the US interests in Iraq, particularly the US embassy.
Brigadier General Hazhar Aziz, head of Peshmerga Ministry's Foreign Affairs, told BasNews “Iraqi PM Abadi has no control over the Shi’ite militias which are more than 60 groups, known as Hashd al-Shaabi.”
Each militia has its own agenda, and they are not under Abadi’s control, he said, explaining that during Mosul operation the militias entered Mosul, disregarding the agreements according to which Hashd al-Shaabi could not enter the city.
“Hashd al-Shaabi militias do not receive instructions from Abadi. They are only purportedly affiliated with the Iraqi government, and Baghdad provides them with a huge budget,” Aziz said, adding “the Iraqi government belongs to only one sect, namely Shi’ite.”
Aziz said that Hashd al-Shaabi militias are expected to fight beyond the Iraqi borders.
Hashd al-Shaabi militias are expected to send troops to Lebanon to fight Israel, arguing that Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia has already deployed forces to the border areas between Syria and Lebanon near the Israeli border. These forces previously travelled to Syria to support Bashar Assad’s regime without Abadi’s order.
The US Embassy in Baghdad has warned its citizens in Iraq about the possibility of violent acts targeting them as the result of an outrage in response to Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.