Hashed al-Sha’abi

Americans cannot save Ramadi from Isil, Iranian-aligned militia leader says

Richard Spencer, The Telegraph (UK)

Iraqi forces will make no immediate attempt to recapture the city of Ramadi from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), the country’s most powerful military chief told The Telegraph, contradicting political leaders. Mr Ameri is leader of the Hashed al-Sha’abi, or Popular Mobilisation Units, the coalition of militias which are now doing most of the fighting against Isil outside Kurdish areas since the collapse of the army. Hashed al-Sha’abi mainly comprises Shia militias allied to Iran.