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    The Iraqi parliament voted in favor of Shia militia joining the country's army, first deputy parliament speaker Humam Hamoudi said on Saturday.

    BAGHDAD (Sputnik) — According to Hamoudi, the decision was adopted unanimously, with the Sunni bloc Iraqi Forces Alliance refusing to vote.

    The Shia Hashd al-Shaabi militia fights against Daesh — an organization outlawed in Russia, and many other countries — on the Iraqi territory and participates in the Mosul liberation operation led by Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

    Hashd al-Shaabi was repeatedly criticized by the Saudi and Turkish authorities for polarizing Shia and Sunni population in Iraq. Iraqi government ruled by Shia Prime Minister Haider Abadi denied accusations.


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