US General Consul in Iraq, General Steve Walker visited the Al-Sadr Teaching Hospital in Basrah. There he paid tribute to the wounded in the fight against Isis. Between the wounded, there were also members of the Iraqi militia al-Hashd al-Watani, also known as “Popular Mobilization Force”. Despite the fact that this organization refuses to define itself as “militia” and despite the fact that the Iraqi Government has declared the group as “part of the official State”, the organization remains very controversial. This because it is mainly composed by Shia groups, many of them under the direct control of the Iranian regime. Between the groups inserted inside the Popular Mobilization Force but under control of Tehran – meaning under control of General Qassem Soleimani, there are: Badr Organization, Asaib Ahl al-Haq and Kata’ib al Imam Ali.
The other problem is that the Popular Mobilization Force was accused by many NGOs, between them also Amnesty International, of having committed many abuses of human rights against Iraqi citizens, first against the Sunnis (Amnesty International).