Iraqi parliament passes law legalizing Popular Mobilization Units

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‘The Iraqi parliament has approved a law to give full legal status to fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, who have joined forces with government forces in counter-terrorism operations against Daesh Takfiri militants across the country.

A total of 208 members of the Council of Representatives on Saturday voted in support of the legislation, which recognizes Hashd al-Shaabi as part of the national armed forces, places the volunteer fighters under the command of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, and grants them the right to receive salaries and pensions just like the regular army and police.’

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