Abadi says Hashid al-Shaabi will participate in fight for Mosul

Abadi says Hashid al-Shaabi will participate in fight for Mosul
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SULAIMANI – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Shia paramilitary forces would take part in the battle to regain Mosul from Islamic State (ISIS) militants, as the operations to liberate the city are getting close.

Abadi said during a press conference on Tuesday (September 6) that issues regarding Hashid al-Shaabi’s participation had been solved and that Shia fighters would take part in the multi-force effort to dislodge ISIS from its stronghold in Iraq.

“Hashid al-Shaabi will participate in the operations to liberate Mosul,” Abadi said.

Secretary-General of the Badr Organization and leader of the Hashid al-Shaabi, Hadi al-Amiri, insisted last month that Shia paramilitaries would participate in the liberation of Mosul.

Sunni forces taking part in anti-ISIS operations had refused to allow Hashid al-Shaabi’s participation in the fight for the Mosul operation. The refusal came after Shia forces were accused of murdering and punishing residents of Fallujah during the operations to regain the city.

Authorities in Anbar governorate said on June 12 they had evidence that Shia paramilitary forces were responsible for the killing of 49 civilians who escaped fighting in the town of Saqlawiyah, northwest of Fallujah.

Iraq's president announced the next day that human rights violations committed against civilians during operations to liberate Fallujah from ISIS were carried out by individuals and not by an organized force.

According to some reports, as many as 643 civilians were reported missing between June 3 and 5 after they reached areas under Hashid al-Shaabi control while fleeing Fallujah.