Iraqi Prime Minsiter Adil Abdul-Mahdi said on Tuesday that the issue of whether the Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi should continue or be dissolved, is an internal issue of Iraq.
The remark came after media reports claimed that Washington had recently urged Baghdad to disarm the Shi’ite militias.
Hashd al-Shaabi was established after the Islamic State (IS) attacked Iraq in 2014 and it began recruiting among Iraqi Shi’ites with a fatwa issued by Iraq’s top religious leader of the Muslim sect.
Hashd al-Shaabi is know for having close ties with Iran.
However, Abdul-Mahdi said during his weekly news conference that the reports were not true, and no such requests were made by the US.