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VP Maliki slams call from French President Macron on Baghdad to disband Hashd al-Shaabi

By Rudaw 2/12/2017
Iraqi Vice President, Nuri Maliki. AFP file photo
Iraqi Vice President, Nuri Maliki. AFP file photo

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Iraq’s Vice President Nouri al-Maliki strongly criticized French President Emmanuel Macron’s call on Baghdad for disbanding Shiite militia groups, chief among them Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi, saying Macron should not “meddle” in internal affairs of Iraq. 


Maliki, who still wields immense power in Iraq, slammed Macron saying “France’s constitution enshrines that they should not meddle in the world countries’ affairs. But Emmanuel Macron unexpectedly meddled in Iraq’s internal affairs calling for the dismantling of a formal legal institution, the Hashd al-Shabai.”

In a joint press conference with Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, French President Macron said that he had told the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on October 5 that Hashd al-Shaabi and other militias in Iraq must be disbanded.

“When Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Paris, we declared that all the militias of the Iraqi government must be disbanded and that no militia must stay including the Hashd al-Shaabi,” Macron said, making reference to PM Abadi’s visit to France, according to the official Kurdish translation.

Maliki, who is also head of the State of Law bloc in the Iraqi parliament, said “we do not want any country to impose its will on the Iraqi government and the brave Iraqi nation.”

The former Iraqi premier also urged all the political parties of Iraq to be united and share a common stance in the face of any external “meddling”.

In October, remarks by the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that called on Iranian militia within the Hashd al-Shaabi to “go home” sparked outrage among Iraqi officials.

Iraqi forces supported by the Hashd al-Shaabi entered deadly clashes against the Kurdish Peshmerga for over a week in October when they advanced on Kurdish-held territories in the disputed or Kurdistani areas claimed by both Erbil and Baghdad including the oil-rich Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu.

The Iraqi parliament in November 2016 recognized the Hashd al-Shaabi as an official force with similar rights as the regular army.

The Hashd al-Shaabi was formed upon a call by Iraq’s grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in the summer of 2014.


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hehe | 2/12/2017
maliki jumping again loooooser cryyyyyying hehehehe
Love Peshmerga, Ak USA | 3/12/2017
Let Maliki go to hell. Now we need United State of America to do the right thing and stand with France and kurdish people and make those EVIL Hashd al-Shabai leave Iraq.
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 3/12/2017
(In my humble opinion) while Sistani did call for united opposition to ISIS, I'd not go so far as to imply that Hashd is in some way "his". ... Hashd is far-more-clearly an Iranian proxy, and Sistani is the furthest thing from that.
duroi | 3/12/2017
Abadi as PM rejected US call to disband Hashd and now Maliki as Iraq VP rejects French call to disband this terrorist group. Sistani who created these Hashd criminals by his fartwa is silent and nUN and nUNAMI are also silent on the Hashd ethnic cleansing in Tuz. Iraq other VP Alawi wonders loudly who is in charge in Iraq, Sistani, Abadi, Maliki? Similar to Iran, PM Abadi has become a poppet تدارکچی in hands of a deep state that is now in charge of Iran/Iraq/Lebanon and it is looking for a replacement for dying Khamenei. Iraqi Shahrudi and Sistani from Najaf and Larijani relatives in Qum are jockeying for that Khalifa position of Shiite Islamic State that UN, US and co, with their cold war hangover, are naively forcing upon Sunni Arabs and Kurds in Iraq and pushing it towards another bloody Sunni/Shiite confrontation. God save us ...
delshsd | 3/12/2017
this geezer is a weasel .

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