Some factions of Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) are forging alliances to contest in the upcoming elections, Aws al-Khafaji, a leader in IMIS, revealed Sunday.
In a press statement, al-Khafaji said that alliances are currently being forged in the Iraqi political scene, including ones that will soon emerge between IMIS factions that previously had political arms.
Khafaji did not mention the faction that IMIS will forge alliance with.
However, media reports have revealed that Nouri al-Maliki, head of State of Law Coalition, will forge an Iranian-backed alliance with IMIS leaderships in the upcoming elections.
This comes as leaders in IMIS and Shiite political forces have denied IMIS participation in the forthcoming elections as it is considered a military force under the leadership of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Haider al-Abadi and forbidden by Iraqi constitution to participate in any elections.
On Saturday, Abadi said that IMIS militias are still under the command of clerics and the state, adding that they will not be dismantled.