Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces-PMF) organized on Saturday a military parade, on the 8th anniversary of its founding and the launch of the liberation battle against the ISIS terrorist organization.
The Commander and in-Chief of the armed forces and Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, the head of al-Fatah coalition Hadi al-Ameri, and the Chairman of the PMF Falih al-Fayyadh, attended the event.
The PMF unveiled new weapons and military equipment, including “Al-Rasid and al-Hassib” system to control locally-made drones and Russian T-52 tanks.
Al-Hashd al-Shaabi was established back in 2014, and is composed of armed Shiite factions. It was founded upon the Fatwa of the Supreme religious Iraqi authority, Ali al-Sistani, to combat ISIS, which controlled four governorates and reached the borders of the capital, Baghdad, at the time.