Members of the Iraqi parliament voted on Saturday to recognize Hashd al-Shaabi or Popular Mobilisation Forces as an official force with similar rights as the regular army.
MPs in the Iraqi parliament told Rudaw that Hashd al-Shaabi will also come under full control of the armed forces.
It will also enjoy the same rights and privileges as the army, according to a report covered by Tasnim.
The parliamentary decree also stipulates that members of all of Iraq’s ethnic and religious groups will have the right the join Hashd al-Shaabi and they will be reorganized through the army after the Mosul liberation operation.
The Hashd al-Shaabi was formed upon a call by Iraq’s top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in the summer of 2014 when the ISIS terrorist group captured several Iraqi provinces and he urged civilians to take up arms and fight the radical group against further expansion.