The Role of Popular Mobilisation Forces in Iraqi Politics

Author
Sara Nowacka
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
The activity of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), a state-financed organisation of around 60 militias, deepens the political crisis in Iraq. This was mirrored in their brutal suppression of anti-government protests and a series of attacks between PMF Kataib Hezbollah (KH) forces and U.S. troops. The structure of the PMF and their political influence in Iraq and abroad prevent the state from controlling the militias. This hinders attempts to calm the ongoing protests in Iraq and threatens the security of the military missions present there. The absorption of PMF members directly into the army and demobilisation of some militias could counteract this.
Topic
Security, Non State Actors, Islamic State, Protests, Militias
Political Geography
Iraq, Middle East, North America, United States of America