Only a few Iraqi factions known for links with Iran reacted
to the decision made by Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi last week, in which he
set the end of this month as the deadline for finalizing the arrangements to
carry out the decision on the redistribution of the militias’ weapons and
Members of parliament confirmed that the factions in Najaf and Karbala responded to the recent decisions of the government. However, other Iran-affiliated factions refused to issue information about their weapon stashes and headquarters, noting that Kata’ib Hezbollah, Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shohadaa, Al-Nujabaa, Al-Khurasani, Ansarullah Al-Awfiyaa, Saraya al-Jihad, Saraya Ashouraa and others declared being out of the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) and that they were already there before the edict from Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani after ISIS controlled huge swathes of Iraq.
Abd al-Mahdi recognized signs of refusal by some of the militia, especially regarding heavy weapons that had come from the Iraqi military, which had shared the weapons during fights against ISIS. Those militias are also now based in villages and towns, refusing to allow the original displaced residents to return back to their homes.
Some factions declared their clear refusal to abide by Abd al-Mahdi’s decisions, considering that those decisions are not applied on them being out of IMIS. One of those is Kata’ib Hezbollah, which is part of the Islamic Resistance.
In a statement issued from its office in Tehran, Al-Nujabaa militia, tagged as terrorist, said huge numbers of the resistance factions did not join IMIS, as it is not possible to reveal all the names of the leaders due to security reasons.
Meanwhile, political analyst Abdullah al-Rikabi said that “the current government will not be able to seize the weapons and limit the role of the militias, which dared to control municipalities after retaking them from ISIS, like what happened in Jurf al-Sakhr.”
Rikabi added that “militias like Al-Nujabaa and Kata’ib Hezbollah will not respond to the government, especially that they explicitly declare loyalty to Iran. Thus, they are not obliged to obey the decisions, as they are ready to strike the Green Zone if Iran asked.”