Aljazeera: Iraq's parliament passes law legalising Shia militias
Iraqi Sunnis say law was proof of Shia "dictatorship" but Prime Minister Abadi says force will defend "all Iraqis".
The Iraqi parliament has passed a bill recognising the Shia militia fighters, the Popular Mobilisation Forces, as a government entity operating alongside the military.
The bill passed on Saturday will see the establishment of the Popular Mobilisation Forces Commission, which critics said could only widen sectarian divisions in the war-torn country.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi welcomed the legislation, which was supported by 208 of the parliament's 327 members, saying the newly-formed force "will represent and defend all Iraqis, wherever they are."
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WNU Editor: These Iranian backed militias are now on the government payroll .... and I will not be surprised if it becomes a permanent measure.
Update: Yup .... Once they have defeated IS, Iraqi militias will not go away (Middle East Eye)
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