Hashd al-Shaabi fighters advancing in the eastern part of Tal Afar, Iraq. © AFP

A prominent Iraqi cleric has warned against “the return of terrorism” in Iraq through the weakening of Hashd al-Shaabi, before saying that “wounded wolves are the most dangerous”.

Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi al-Modaressi on Friday (March 2nd) warned of “attempts to undermine” the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd al-Shaabi), to pave the way for the “return of terrorism”.


A prominent Iraqi Shia cleric, Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi al-Modaressi. © Al-Sumaria News

According to al-Sumaria News, this prominent Shiite cleric from Iraq paid tribute to the efforts of Baghdad officials to strengthen and modernize the country’s armed forces before stating: “The dark forces and despots supporting Takfirist thinking are still active in Iraq. Iraq and we are ambushing. ”

He pointed out that “wounded wolves are the greatest and most deadly danger” in reference to “defeated terrorists”.

While cautioning against the voices that demanded weakening of the role of the Hashd al-Shaabi popular forces, Ayatollah Modaressi said: “Because they know the role played by the Hashd al-Chaabi fighters. -Chaabi to clean Iraq of the presence of terrorism in cooperation with other military forces of the country, they seek day and night to weaken these popular forces to pave the way for the return of terrorism. ”

In another part of his remarks, he said that “Iraq, thanks to God and his government based on free elections that cares about the participation of Iraqis from all walks of life in elections and respect for the Constitution, will make so that good-neighborly relations are established with the various regional and international parties “.

The Hachd al-Shaabi were formed three years ago with the aim of fighting the Daesh terrorist group. With more than 100,000 members, Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units have been trained on a voluntary basis to assist the Iraqi Army in its fight against terrorism.

The Hachd al-Chaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) is a coalition formed in 2014, after a fatwa of Ayatollah Sistani, the main source of Shiite imitation in Iraq, following Daesh’s occupation of a large from this country.

Before the establishment of the Hashd al-Shaabi, Iraq had practically fallen into the hands of Daesh, which occupied large parts of the country. Their first blow was the role they played in the liberation of Tikrit, after which they recorded other great victories.

The Iraqi Parliament voted on November 26, 2016, by majority vote, a law which integrated the units of popular mobilization (Hachd al-Chaabi) with the security and military forces of Iraq.

But recently, some parts of Iraq are aligning themselves with US-Saudi positions to weaken the Hashd and undermine their image.

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