Militia’s Operations in Sinjar Violation of Baghdad-Erbil Agreement: Official

Lieutenant General Jamal Imniki, the Chief of General Staff of the Peshmerga forces, said in an interview with Bas paper that Hashd al-Shaabi’s push into the Yezidi region of Sinjar shows the militia’s influential power over the Iraqi government, explaining that according to an agreement between Baghdad and Erbil, the Iraqi army and Peshmerga would liberate the remaining Yezidi areas in southern Sinjar.

Imniki said that Hashd al-Shaabi violated the agreement and changed the military plan with the regional involvement.

During his visit to Erbil, the Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi and Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani agreed on a plan according to which the Iraqi army and Peshmerga forces were to be deployed in the Yezidi areas in southern Sinjar, he said.

He noted that Hashd al-Shaabi’s leaders have later changed the plan along with the Iraqi PM.
When asked whether Hashd al-Shaabi’s decision to enter Sinjar was made by Nouri Maliki the Iraqi former PM, the senior Peshmerga commander said the Iraqi government will take the responsibility for this move by Hashd al-Shaabi even if Maliki or anyone else was behind it.

Imniki said the aim of the paramilitaries behind the incursion into the Kurdish territories could be also interpreted as an effort to impede the referendum on Kurdistan Region's independence.
Hashd al-Shaabi launched a push into the southern areas of Sinjar near the Iraq-Syria border in western Nineveh province at the end of May, which resulted in seizing control of a number of Yezidi areas that were previously held by the Islamic State militants.