Paramilitary troops say crossing Iraqi borders requires parliament approval

Al-Hashd al-Shaabi forces.


(IraqiNews.com) The Shia-led paramilitary troops have said that crossing the Iraqi borders to other countries requires parliament approval in advance.

In press remarks, Ahmed al-Assadi, spokesperson of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) said “armed troops either from army, al-Hashd al-Shaabi or the army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service crossing the Iraqi borders requires voting by Iraqi parliament as constitution does not allow intervention in other countries’ affairs.”

He considered that “talks about this issue while the country is fighting and clearing the provinces from Islamic State is unreal.”

“The troops will stick to all instructions and commands made by the armed forces commander-in-chief,” Assadi added.

“After retaking all the regions from Islamic State, the PMUs will have a basic role in immunizing areas that suffer weakness in borders control,” he said.

On Tuesday, Syrian Kurdish leader Ciwan Ibrahim said Syrian Democratic Forces will battle against PMUs in case the troops crossed to the Syrian borders.
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Earlier this week, Hadi al-Amiri, head of Badr Organization, said PMUs reached to Iraqi-Syrian borders.

Last week, al-Hashd al-Shaabi troops resumed the second phase of operations, launched earlier this month, to liberate the remaining villages in the vicinity of Qairawan, a main Islamic State bastion which links between Tal Afar town and the Syrian borders, and Baaj, after the troops announced full liberation of Qairawan.

PMUs, an alliance of more than 60 mostly Shia militias, are recognized by the government as a national force under the Prime Minister’s command.


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