Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi issued on Monday a decree merging the Iran Militia in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) withهى the Iraqi military and closing all headquarters of the militias.
Moreover, he granted the militias with the right to either join the armed forces or get involved within the political in accordance with laws.
As per a statement issued by Abdul-Mahdi’s office, “no faction is allowed to work secretly or in public outside those regulations.” The new decision will be enforced starting July 31.
Reactions regarding the decision were different. The leaders of the factions welcomed, while observers warned. Meanwhile, the people wonder about their destiny amid all those who look for their benefits only.
Al-Sadr welcomes, split from Saraya Al-Salam
Muqtada al-Sadr, head of the Sadrist Movement, welcomed the decision. However, he expressed concern about applying it.
In a statement, Sadr said the decision “is crucial and a step toward a strong country.”
He went on saying that “what is important for me too is that Saraya al-Salam, which I previously ordered its formation, is the first one to obey.” He also urged closing the militia's headquarters.
“I hereby announce dismantling them, if they joined the official security services,” he added.
Al-Khazali: That’s how we move toward the sacred duty
Qais al-Khazali, head of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq, said on Twitter “On this occasion, I confirm we did not intervene at all in the IMIS decisions or headquarters, since we announced the political split. We renew the call on all parties to leave all the issues to the armed forces in order to guarantee the independence of the Iraqi troops.
Observers warn and mock the decesion
Meanwhile, political experts warned that the decision would end up turning the IMIS into an Iraqi revolutionary guards, to be affiliated to Iran and led by Qassim Sulaimani. They also wondered about separating between the militias and granting them with official positions to take their duties. Others wondered that if war occurred between Iran and the US, who will set the tasks of the Iran-led militias?
They concluded saying that the decision is a new plan to protect the militias from the US sanctions or any US attempt to strike them.