Those who follow recent Iraqi history have frequently heard of Popular Mobilization Forces. The structuring, also known as al-Hashd al-Sha’bi in the local language, is financed by the Iraqi state. The organization, where nearly 40 militia forces are gathered under one roof, includes Iranian-backed Shia militias, Iraqi Sunnis, Christians and Yazidis. PMF, which appeared on the scene after ISIS took over Mosul, acted in coordination with US soldiers for its interests, although it contradicted its ideology in some operations. Especially the organization, which got stronger in the period of former Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, is still actively working in Iraq. During the Nouri al Maliki period, it consisted of 7 organizations: Badr Organization, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Kataib Hezbollah, Kataib Sayyid al Shuhuda, Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba, Kataib al Imam al Ali, Kataib Jund al Imam.
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Bartu is a CT researcher from Turkey. He has written many articles on Al-Qaeda and ISIS related groups.
Bartu was born in Istanbul, Turkey and graduated from Gazi University in Turkey’s capital city Ankara. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Media and Cultural Studies at Istanbul Arel University.
He is also the author and editor of the website www.stratejikortak.com, which is a Turkish-language publication on international relations. Mr Eken is also working as a video editor at the World Trade Centre in Istanbul and at the Media Tracking Centre. His research focuses mainly on national security and terrorism.
He speaks English and Russian and Turkish is his native language. His past articles can be read here https://www.stratejikortak.com/author/bartueren in Turkish language.