TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iraqi Resistance Groups Vs Aliens. People in most countries have realized the best way to push aliens from their lands and their lives is resistance and many countries several resistance groups have been formed to help the nation in defending their countries against the foreign forces’ presence and influence.
Iraq’s anti-terror resistance group Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, held a military parade in the eastern Diyala province to mark the seventh anniversary of its formation.
The parade began on Saturday morning at the Abu Montazer al-Muhammadavi base, northeast of provincial capital Baqubah, with PMU commanders, government officials and martyrs’ families as well as religious, cultural and social figures in attendance.
It is the first military parade by the resistance group involving infantry, combat and support units.
Speaking before the parade, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said, “I salute the children of Iraq, the hero children of Hashd al-Sha’abi, on the anniversary of its establishment. The children of Hashd al-Sha’abi are the children of the government, and they continue any efforts that serve our nation and homeland.”
“You and security forces defeated terrorism, and there are many things ahead of you. Hashd al-Sha’abi will be preserved with your vigilance, order and expertise. Alongside you, we will restore Iraq’s historical role in the region. I salute you for your courage and the sacrifices of the martyrs and their families,” he added.
The newly-elected prime minister of Iraq has visited the command center of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in Baghdad, wearing their uniform and calling the counter-terrorism forces a source of honor for the Iraqi nation.
In a TV program on Friday, PMU chief Falih al-Fayyadh stressed that the parade will strengthen the group’s power and discipline.
Hashd al-Sha’abi is a military institution affiliated to the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces and operates under the Joint Operations Command, he said, noting that the Iraqi nation comprises the core of the pro-government group, which is supported by a fatwa (religious decree) issued by the Iraqi religious authority.
Hashd al-Sha’abi is a government-sponsored umbrella organization composed of around 40 factions of volunteer counter-terrorism forces, including mostly Shia Muslims besides Sunni Muslims, Christians and Kurds.
Its formation goes back to the summer of 2014, shortly after Daesh, the world’s most notorious terror group, managed to occupy swathes of territory in Iraq.
The lightning gains made by the terrorists caught the national army of Iraq off guard, pushing government forces to the verge of collapse and leaving the Arab state in disarray.
On June 15 that year, Iraq’s prominent Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani intervened to help rebuild the national army, and issued a fatwa that called on all Iraqi people to join forces with the army in the face of the Daesh threat.
The historic fatwa led to a mass mobilization of popular volunteer forces under the banner of Hashd al-Sha’abi. The force then rushed to the aid of the army and took the lead in many of the successful anti-terror operations, which ultimately led to the collapse of Daesh’s territorial rule and the liberation of the entire Iraqi land in December 2017.
In November 2016, the Iraqi parliament recognized Hashd al-Sha’abi as an official force with similar rights as those of the regular army, therefore legally establishing it as part of the National Armed Forces.
The chairman of Iraq’s anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) denounces the destabilizing role of American troops in the Arab country, saying they are targeting Iraqi forces instead of supporting them
However, the West and especially the U.S., which is occupying parts of Iraq, has long been seeking to dissolve Hashd al-Sha’abi and constrain its role. It has also targeted resistance fighters in a bid to resuscitate Daesh.
Formation of such resistance groups in any country can help it to expel foreign forces as the Iraqi have done and American forces now have to leave Iraq or face the tough response from these groups.
The occupiers only understand the language of force and only resistance against them will pay otherwise the countries have to suffer under the boost of the occupiers.
Hashd al-Sha’abi has proved like Hezbollah forces and Hams that only resistance can bring down the occupiers and aliens and as the group has strengthened Iraq government’s stand against the West and has asked the foreign troops to leave the country because the resistance groups all support the government on this issue and the Western forces have no way but to leave the country or they pay for their illegal presence.
The Americans or Europeans may call Hashd al-Sha’abi a terrorist group but everybody knows that this is the West’s habit to designate freedom fighters as terrorists while they themselves have been creator of the terrorist groups like Daesh.
History has shown that resistance groups have been behind independence of countries in any part of the world from South America to Africa and groups like Hashd al-Shabi are formed only to save countries from occupation and they only seek independence of their countries from the occupation and meddling of occupiers.