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Emblem of the PMU

The Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) or Hashd al-Sha'abi are an Iraqi militia established in 2014 to counter ISIS. They operate under the formal command of the Iraqi army and have been established by Shi'ite Ayatollah al-Sistani, but consist of units of almost all regional religions and ethnicities. By 2017 they have an estimated 60-90 thousand fighters under weapons.[1]