Confessions of PMF member reveal secrets of Iraqi militias

The Iraqi government faces a barrage of criticism from various faction leaders over the arrest of pro-Iran Popular Mobilization Forces (FMP) member Qasim Muslih, who made a “dangerous” confession while he was still in detention.

A source close to the investigation team revealed that Muslim had made “important and rare” confessions to “dangerous violations”.

Investigators are now dealing with a “massive amount of information that equates to the black box of influential militias in Iraq and the political weapons they control,” he added.

Muslih’s confession revealed a list of assassinations that targeted dozens of activists and journalists, he added. The killings were carried out by experienced gunmen affiliated with senior leaders.

The same network infiltrated the Iraqi security forces and therefore guaranteed its immunity due to its presence in these institutions, the source continued.

Muslih has served as PMF operations commander in western Anbar province since 2017. He also commanded the PMF-affiliated 13th Brigade, known as al-Tafouf, in Karbala.

In addition, the detainee also confessed to major fraud operations and the seizure of vital facilities that extend to cities liberated from the terrorist group ISIS, said the source.

Muslih’s arrest naturally worried his allies.

Leader of the pro-Iranian Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq party, Qais al-Khazali has made two television appearances in twice as many days to criticize Muslih’s arrest.

In remarks Wednesday, he said the government of Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was adopting “clear policies that could lead to the rise of a police state.”

In addition, he alleged that “some detainees accused of corruption were forced to confess against senior Iraqi politicians”, claiming that Muslih had been assaulted.

A week earlier, the leader of the Fatih alliance, Hadi al-Ameri had declared that Iraq was turning into a “dictatorship” and that the detainees “were being tortured”.

Another prominent Shia figure said that Muslih’s confession “puts the government in a complicated position”, especially as Kadhimi’s rivals are exerting massive pressure to remove him from office and replace him with an official close to them. armed factions.

The figure, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the outcome of the current confrontation between the factions and Kadhimi depends entirely on whether the investigations with Muslih are completed and how their results are announced.

The factions are monitoring the situation closely and “preparing for the worst,” he said.

The PMF, meanwhile, are preparing to hold a military parade to mark the seventh anniversary of the highest religious authority Ali al-Sistani’s call to fight Daesh in 2014.

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