Protests broke out near the town of Bazwaya just east of Mosul on August 5. The protesters held signs in support of the local Hashd al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Forces) unit demanding it not be ordered to withdraw from this area of Nineveh plains.
Over the last weeks there have been increasing controversies over the 30th Brigade of the Popular Mobilization Forces and demands by the Prime Minister’s office of Adil Abdul-Mahdi that local PMF units follow government orders and end unauthorized activity. “The existence of any armed faction operating secretly or openly outside these instructions is forbidden, and is to be considered outside the law and accordingly prosecuted.” From March to July some of these orders have been ignored, specifically by this unit…
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