Iraq releases commander of Popular Mobilization Forces militia

Conflicting reports have emerged about the release of Qassim Musleh.

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The commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), also known as Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi, was released from Iraqi custody, a news TV reported.

Qassim Musleh was arrested on May 26 by troops from the country’s Ministry of Interior over extremism charges.

Earlier on Tuesday, there were conflicting reports about the release of Musleh. Sources close to the PMF said the country “released Musleh due to lack of evidence.”

But a government official told a news agency that “the decision has not yet been issued…maybe within days,” without denying the validity of the release.

Some PMF sources confirmed that perhaps the released commander would be welcomed in Karbala. However, other sources claim that a feud between senior government officials and PMF parties caused Musleh’s release to be postponed.

As of late Tuesday evening, neither the government nor the judiciary issued an official comment regarding Musleh, and the PMF platforms did not broadcast pictures of the leader after his release.

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