A hashtag spreading on social media in support of CTS commander Lt. Gen. Abdul Wahab al-Saadi (عبد الوهاب الساعدي) is calling into question decisions to seemingly sideline the well known commander two years after major combat operations against ISIS ended in Iraq. This comes amid several important trends in the country, including the rise of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) and concerns that their incorporation into t he security forces could make them a pillar of power in the country. In addition Iraq is still fighting ISIS presence and there are continued discussions between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government about budgets. The US presence in Iraq, at the invitation of the government, has also been called into question amid rising Iran tensions. A mortar fell near the US embassy on September 23…
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