“Security goals are pursued through demands by certain Sunni political sides for the withdrawal of Hashd al-Sahaabi units from al-Qa’em and the Syrian borders,” Karim al-Aliwi, member of the Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defense Committee, was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Ma’aloumeh news website as saying on Tuesday.
He cautioned that they want continued instability and insecurity in those regions where the Iraqi Army and Hashd al-Shaabi were responsible for the establishment of security.
Aliwi said that such demands are raised as a leverage for political pressures to pave the ground for the US continued deployment in Iraq and the ISIL return to the desert areas in al-Anbar.
A prominent military expert warned last week that Washington was implementing a plot in Western al-Anbar province to replace Hashd al-Shaabi with its own soldiers.
Safa al-A’asam told the Arabic-language al-Ma’aloumeh that a plan was being implemented by the US in collaboration with some political sides in Iraq so that the Hashd al-Shaabi forces withdraw from al-Qa’em and other parts of Western al-Anbar to deploy the American forces in those regions.
“The demands for the withdrawal of Hashd al-Shaabi forces from al-Qa’em and Western al-Anbar are aimed at creating a religious gap among Hashd al-Shaabi forces as it includes over 16 Sunni regiments stationed in those regions.
“The current political plan entails redeployment of the US forces in al-Qa’em and the adjacent areas under the pretext of security gaps and possible ISIL attacks after Hashd al-Shaabi’s withdrawal,” al-A’asam warned.