Hezbollah leader sponsors ‘truce’ talks, with Iraqi paramilitaries endorsing Hadi al-Amiri as PMF leader and Tehran courting Moqtada al-Sadr in bid to form ‘united resistance’.
The leaders of Iranian-backed paramilitary groups in Iraq have agreed to put their differences aside and back Hadi al-Amiri as the new chairman of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) as part of a wider plan brokered by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah to quell tensions between the groups and create a “united resistance” to US troops in the country.
The informal agreement was forged at a meeting convened in Beirut on Thursday after Nasrallah was asked by Iran to organise its Iraqi factions following the assassinations of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the de facto leader of the PMF, in a US drone strike in Baghdad on 3 January.
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WNU Editor: If Hadi al-Amiri is now the new Iraq leader of the PMF, this is an ominous sign. It is people like him who are primarily responsible for the violence directed at Iraq’s anti-government protesters who are frustrated with Baghdad’s corruption and incompetence. He also despised by Iraq’s Sunni and Kurdish communities, who are going to see his appointment as a signal of more Iranian backed violence directed at them. One more point that I got from the above article. Iran is also no longer hiding what they are doing in Iraq. They are making their intentions very clear that they will use their militias to assert control on the country.