KRP’s state­ment re­gard­ing Shasho’s ar­rest

Haider Shasho was ar­rested for at­tempt­ing to cre­ate il­le­gal Mili­tia Group

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Spokesper­son for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Pres­i­dency (KRP), Omed Sabah, on April 6 re­leased a state­ment clear­ing up the the ar­rest of Haider Shasho, the head of the Shin­gal Mo­bi­liza­tion Force, for at­tempt­ing to "cre­ate an il­le­git­i­mate mili- tia group."

“A group of mil­i­tants in the Sin­jar area wanted to cre­ate an il­le­git­i­mate mili­tia force which would op­er­ate out­side the Pesh­merga Min­istry’s con­trol. Ear­lier this year they were or­dered not to form the force,” said Sabah in the state­ment.

“Then they were given a two-month dead­line to abort their plans. They were in­formed if they wanted to fight for Sin­jar and Kur­dis­tan, they could join the Pesh­merga forces of­fi­cially,” added the KRP spokesman.

Shasho’s ar­rest seems to have been trig­gered by his de­ci­sion to ask for weapons from the Ira­nian backed Popular Mo­bil­i­sa­tion Units, known as “Hashd al-Shaabi”, a coali­tion of Shiia mili­tias fight­ing the Is­lamic State along­side the regular Iraqi army.

Sabah said that Shasho and his group con­tin­ued to re­al­ize their plan in de­fi­ance of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion au­thor­i­ties.

“We want to make it clear that we won’t al­low any­one to cre­ate il­le­git­i­mate forces. Those who try will face jus­tice.”

Sabah said that Shasho’s ar­rest for lead­ing the mili­tia was con­ducted of­fi­cially, and that “no one has been kid­napped or gone miss­ing.”

A few days ago, Shin­gal Pro­tec­tion Unit me­dia claimed that its Supreme Com­man­der Haider Shasho had been ar­rested by Kur­dish se­cu­rity forces in Khanke, a town in Do­huk Prov­ince.

The SHPU me­dia also claimed that it had been legally reg­is­tered as part of “Hashd Al-Shabi”. This al­lows the Iraqi gov­ern­ment to arm the Yazidis le­git­i­mately, but the com­mand struc­ture of the Unit and Shasho con­tin­ued to op­er­ate in­de­pen­dently.

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