Breitbart: Factions of the Iran-backed, largely Shiite militia coalition known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) began fighting each other on Tuesday in Iraqi territory they wrested out of the hands of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), according to a Kurdish news outlet.
Bas News reported on Wednesday that officials in Kirkuk confirmed the “armed tensions” between Turkmen PMF members and the Shiite Arab Asaib Ahl al-Haq (League of the Righteous) militia. The skirmishes reportedly occurred in the Tuz Khurmatu district of the city where Turkmen militias reportedly eradicated the presence of Kurdish civilians and “looted and destroyed hundreds of properties.”
The PMF is comprised of 67 militias, according to Bas News. Among them are Shiite Arab, Turkmen, and Yazidi factions that united in the fight against the Islamic State, which attempted to commit genocide against all three groups, as well as Christians and any other non-Sunni Muslim civilians. The Iraqi government legalized the PMF as an official wing of the Iraqi armed forces during the fight against ISIS in Mosul.
With the Islamic State gone, the PMF turned their weapons against the KRG, which played a significant role in the elimination of Islamic State factions in Iraq. The Kurdish Peshmerga were heavily involved in the operation to liberate Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, from the Islamic State and fought alongside the PMF in that battle. They have also consistently been the most reliable American ally on the ground against ISIS.