Operation against ISIS in Diyala, Iraq

A military operation was carried out by the Iraqi army and Hashd al Shaabi forces against ISIS gangs in Xaneqin.

Several ISIS positions were destroyed and some military equipment was confiscated.

Meanwhile, in a landmine explosion during minesweeping efforts, 2 Hashd al Shaabi members lost their lives.

The Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), also known as the People’s Mobilization Committee (PMC) and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) ( al-Hashd ash-Sha╩┐abi), is an Iraqi state-sponsored umbrella organization composed of some 40 militias that are mostly Shia Muslim groups, but also including Sunni Muslim, Christian, and Yazidi individuals as well. The popular mobilization units have fought in nearly every major battle against ISIS.

It has been called the new Iraqi Republican Guard after it was fully reorganized in early 2018 by its then-Commander in Chief Haider al-Abadi. Former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued “regulations to adapt the situation of the Popular Mobilization fighters,” giving them ranks and salaries equivalent to other branches of the Iraqi military.