Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says pro-government fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), commonly known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, will take part in a planned offensive to recapture the northern city of Tal Afar from the Daesh terrorist group.
Speaking at a youth meeting on Saturday, Abadi said the government and security commanders have devised a plan to dislodge Daesh from Tal Afar, located 63 kilometers west of Mosul, which requires participation of security personnel as well as Hashd al-Sha’abi and tribal fighters, Arabic-language Nabaa news agency reported.
He added that the Iraqi nation, through complete commitment to its unity, could overcome sectarian and ethnic divisions.
“The entire world is breathing a sigh of relief now that Iraqis have chopped Daesh's head off. The international community threw its weight behind Iraq in the fight against terrorism, because it found the Iraqi nation full of determination to battle Daesh,” Abadi pointed out.
The Iraqi prime minister further noted that Baghdad is after balanced relations with world countries, stressing that he will not compromise on his country’s interests with anyone.