Shiite militia complicates situations in disputed areas
A Kurdish lawmaker at the Iraqi Parliament, Arafat Karam, believes that entering Shiite militia into the disputed areas will complicate the political situation since Sunni-Shiite struggles will be intensified and Kurds will be affected.
Karam said “The formation of Shiite militia is dangerous and the formation of Volunteers’ Forces under the name of ‘Hashadi Shaebi’ are against democracy and the rule of law. Since the militia forces are not controlled by the gov- ernment the current war has turned into a war of Shiite and Sunni militias. We are afraid of Kurdistan to be affected by this war.”
Karam thinks the Shiite militias have to be prevented from coming into Kurdish areas because the existence of them lead to clashes with the Sunni forces. This way, the Kurds might be negatively affected.
In Karam’s view the socalled "Hashadi Shaebi" forces are superfluous and are not needed in the current time. He also said there is big corruption among these forces. Karam attributed lack of coordination between Iraqi forces and US forces to the fact that the Iraqi forces are not institutional and systematic like the Peshmerge forces.
“If Iraqi government wants to form a national and institutional force, all the current militias need to be disbanded and dissolved,” concluded Karam.