One of the largest Iran-backed militias in Iraq is criticizing an order by the prime minister to incorporate the IMIS into the military and place them under the army's command.
A statement issued by the Hezbollah Brigades, or Kataeb Hezbollah, did not address whether the group would abide by Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi's orders issued earlier this week. It suggested, however, that "criminalizing the mujahedeen" and harming them directly or indirectly may hurt "those elements supporting the security effort."
The group, which has close ties to Iran, says the government's foremost responsibility is to remove what it described as US occupation forces and their business affiliates, which constitute a "major threat" to Iraqi security.
The US maintains military bases and more than 5,000 troops in Iraq.