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The Future ROLE of the Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq - KEY INFLUENCERS OF POST-ISIS POLITICS
June 02, 2017
   Since the takeover of a third of Iraq by the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014, the Hashd al-Shaabi, or the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), have emerged as both a pivotal military and political actor in Iraq. With al-Baghdadi’s declaration of an Islamic Caliphate from Mosul in June 2014 and the subsequent collapse of the Iraqi armed forces, the Hashd were able to fill this security vacuum in order to prevent the further expansion of ISIS, hence drawing popular support for the militias among the Iraqi public.
The Future ROLE of the Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq

The Hashd are most often referred to as a Shia militia, however, this is an oversimplification of the group, as their intricacies and political motivations are not fully understood or examined. With upcoming provincial and parliamentary elections occurring in the next year and a half, the Hashd al-Shaabi are positioned to emerge as leading political influencers, as their military victories and popularity has and will continue to propel them to the forefront of Iraqi policy-making and political maneuvering.
Policy papers #11 - The Future role of the Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq
الدور المستقبلي للحشد الشعبي في العراق
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منذ أن استولى تنظيم الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام )داعش( على ثلث أراضي العراق عام 2014 ، برز الحشد الشعبي كلاعب عسكري وسياسي محوري في العراق. ومع إعان زعيمه أبو بكر البغدادي قيام دولة الخلافة الإسامية من الموصل في حزيران/ يونيو 2014 وما تا ذلك من انهيار للقوات العسكرية العراقية، استطاعت ميليشيات الحشد الشعبي أن تسدّ الفراغ الأمي الذي خلّفه هذا الانهيار بهدف الحؤول دون حصول توسع جديد لداعش، ما جعلها تستقطب دعماً شعبياً واسعاً.
اوراق سياسية رقم 11 – الدور المستقبلي للحشد الشعبي في العراق

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