Saleem Al Jubouri, speaker of Iraqi Parliament, stated on the 27th of March during an interview with ‘The New York Times’ the following message:
”Liberating Ramadi broke the mold of past operations, in which unlawful sectarian militias, on the government payroll as part of the “popular mobilization forces,” swept through recaptured towns and villages, conducting reprisal killings and destroying homes and mosques.” (The New York Times, 2016)
According to the opinion of Iraqi Sunni speaker of parliament the Iraqi umbrella of militias is sectarian, something that is questionable as the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units consists of all segments of the Iraqi society. Numerous Iraqi Sunni citizens are part of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units.
Therefore, the biggest militia group within the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Unit’s umbrella, has condemned these allegations. As the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units is an organ within the ministry of defense, and subsequently the Iraqi foreign minister of affairs has publicly showed his strong opinion that the Iraqi Popular Mobilization cannot be criticized.
This controversial topic is getting more exposure, since the Iraqi army is preparing for an offensive to take Mosul back, a city were ‘Daesh’ has wrecked havoc, starting from the summer of 2014. The critics are pointing their allegations towards the Popular Mobilization Units, however the majority of Iraqis are supporting them according to Iraq’s Central Organization for Statistics.