By Damir Nazarov
In addition to fighting the Americans, the Hash al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Units) do not forget about the other enemies of Iraq: the remnants of ISIS, Kurdish separatism and the Turkish occupation are still among the main problems of Iraq.
No little attention is paid to the ideological struggle, the purpose of which is to direct the people of Iraq to the Islamic path. Therefore, the frequent presence of the new leader of the Hashd al-Shaabi among the Turkoman faction should not be surprising.
I assume that former members of the Badr Organisation and the Hezbollah corps are actively working with the Turkic population of Iraq to not only revive Islamic values, but also to prevent harmful, that is Turkish, influence.
After 2015, when Erdogan’s AK Parti allied with the MHP (an ultranationalist party), Ankara took a course of aggressive expansion. The subsequent intervention in Syria and Iraq showed how radical pan-Turkism has become a new priority in Turkey’s foreign policy.
After the bid for jihadists and “moderate oppositionists” has finally exhausted itself, Ankara has taken the old proven method of introducing Turkic nationalism with the support of local Turkomans.
Therefore, the appearance of the MHP is a kind of trump card for Erdogan, with can give him an additional boost to his ambitions on the external frontier, plus an increase in internal electorate.
The emergence of pan-Turkism, accordingly, sharpens the confrontation with other ideologies in the region. First of all, it concerns the worldview of the Islamic Revolution. It is not for nothing that Erdogan called Hashad al-Shaabi a “sectarian” and “terrorist organisation” back in 2016. The Turkish dictator’s hostility to the conglomerate of Iraqi Islamic factions fits into an ideological symbiosis of Ankara’s ambitions, manifested in the form of NATO membership and the export of pan-Turkism.
In this regard, the PMU Chief-of-Staff Abu Fadak al-Mohammadawi is taking a number of steps to educate the Turkomans of Iraq in order to return them to the fold of Islamic thinking, far away from the nationalism and racism which are the cornerstone of pan-Turkism.
The presence of Turkoman military factions affiliated with the Badr organisatin within Hashd al-Shaabi is also evidence of how Islamic forces are paying attention to the ethnic minority with an eye to the future.
Here I mean that active cooperation with the Turkomans on the part of the key figures of the Hashd al-Shaabi is part of the nature of “Islamic strategy”, where it is important not just to eliminate Turkish influence, but to form an Islamic revolutionary force amongst Turkomans, capable of exporting similar ideas to the brothers in Syria and Turkey.
The PMU were created on the basis of the Islamic Resistance, and fills the ideological vacuum present in Iraq after a period of large scale occupation by the imperialists.
Carriers of Islamic ideology in the face of Resistance factions are actively campaigning in all directions, including in particularly dangerous zones where subversive work is carried out by Washington’s puppets – including both Turkey and the Barzani regime in Iraqi Kurdistan.