As the Popular
Mobilization Force (PMF) was set aside from all ground assaults launched to
liberate Ramadi from the control of Daesh (the Arabic acronym of the
self-proclaimed Islamic State), and preventing the PMF’s participation in any
operations planned for Mosul, the issue of dissolving or merging the PMF into
the Ministry of Defense has gained more serious proportions. With 3 Americans
begin abducted in Baghdad, Washington began increasing its pressures on Iraqi
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to further limit the PMF and Shiite militias.
All efforts placed by the Iranian regime and senior PMF officials to maintain
this entity have remained futile. Tehran uses the PMF as a lever of pressure
against al-Abadi, yet the Iraqi PM, enjoying support from Washington, is
further pursuing the policy of restricting the PMF.