(Persia Digest) - The Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) of Iraq (al-Hashd ash-Sha’abi) Commander who is in Khuzestan Province to help flood victims in southern Iran has said: “Despite Iraq’s extensive problems, we considered it our duty to help the people of Khuzestan with all our expertise to compensate for a small part of what Iranians have suffered for us.”

In an interview with Hozeh News Agency, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis commented on their presence in Khuzestan by saying: “We have come to help these dear people; because, they have helped Iraq from the start of the Revolution to date and we owe the people of Iran, especially the citizens of Khuzestan.”

He stated that the people of Iraq are currently facing water shortages, adding: “Despite Iraq’s extensive problems, we considered it our duty to help the people of Khuzestan with all our engineering, medical, and health expertise and provide some of the basic data-x-items to compensate for a small part of what Iranians have suffered for us.”


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Persia Digest (PD) reports that al-Hashd al-Sha'abi is the name of the Iraqi people’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) which was formed following the invasion of Daesh terrorists and a fatwa issued by the Shia Ulema, and in particular Ayatollah Sistani, on the need to combat terrorism. Al-Hashd al-Sha'abi has been working closely with Iran’s Qods Force in fighting Daesh.

Remarks made by al-Muhandis on the Iraqi people owing to Iranians points to this cooperation and help given by Iranian forces to the Iraqi people to fight and defeat Daesh terrorists in this country.

The conservative Tehran newspaper, Kayhan, cited the presence of non-Iranian forces in flood-hit areas to be on the invitation of the IRGC Qods Force, and wrote: “Following an invitation extended by Major General Soleimani to help flood victims, defenders of Sayidda Zeinab Shrine ranging from al-Hashd al-Sha'abi in Iraq to the Fatemioun Division in Afghanistan rushed to help Iran with their services by forming jihadi camps.”

Al-Hashd al-Sha'abi has announced that it will repair damaged schools, mosques, and roads during its stay in Iran and provide basic data-x-items for the people.

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