Coalition not supporting Shi'ite militias in Iraq

October 19, 2016 20:07

The US-led coalition does not support the Shi'ite component of the Popular Mobilization Force (PMF) and had not seen them as a part of formations being supported by the coalition in retaking Mosul, a US military official told reporters in Washington on Wednesday.

"As far as the Shi'ite PMF, the coalition only supports those elements that are under the direct command and control of the Iraqi security forces, and the Shi'ite PMF are not," Major General Gary Volesky, the commander of US-led coalition ground forces in the fight against Islamic State militants, said. "So we don't support them."

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