February 9, 2019
An official with the Iraqi government-sanctioned umbrella of mainly Shia paramilitary groups said a militia commander was arrested after he criticised Iran’s influence in the country.
The official from the Popular Mobilisation Forces said on Friday that Aws al-Khafaji, commander of the Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas Brigade, was detained the previous night.
Al-Khafaji had earlier told a local TV station that Iraqis should not only oppose American and Turkish presence in Iraq but also Iran’s interference.
A statement from the Popular Mobilisation Forces said four Baghdad offices of al-Khafaji’s group were closed because they were located in residential neighbourhoods. It said members were arrested after rejecting the closure.
AP/ Arab Weekly