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Baghdad (AFP)

Fans of Hashed al-Shaabi, an Iraqi paramilitary network controlled by Iran-backed factions, Saturday burned down the main Kurdish party’s headquarters in Baghdad after criticism from a Kurdish ex-minister.

Numerous Hashed demonstrators swept past a security information and stormed into the offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which runs the Kurdish self-governing region in northern Iraq, and torched them.Protesters burned Kurdish flags while others carried posters of Iranian basic Qasem Soleimani and his Iraqi lieutenant Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were eliminated in a United States drone strike in Baghdad last January.The Hashed paramilitaries were formed in 2014 from mostly-Shiite armed groups and volunteers to combat the Islamic State jihadist group.Hashed has given that been formally integrated into Iraq’s armed forces and has representation in parliament, and it has spawned a number of ideologically associated armed groups.Earlier this month, Hoshyar Zebari, Iraq’s long time former foreign minister and a key Kurdish power-broker, said the government

needed to “tidy up the Green Zone(in Baghdad)from the presence of Hashed militias”. They were running”outside the law”, Zebari, a KDP member, said in comments to the US-funded Al-Hurra television.Vian Sabry, head of

the KDP bloc in parliament, condemned Saturday’s attack.” This isn’t a demonstration due to the fact that demonstrations are supposed to be serene based on the constitution, “she informed AFP.She blamed”unaccountable

factions for lagging such acts”, without elaborating.On October 1, Kurdish authorities implicated Hashed militants of shooting rockets at

the airport in Arbil, the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan, where US soldiers are based.Around 90 rocket attacks have actually targeted the US presence in Iraq considering that the January drone strike, with several claimed by pro-Iran factions. © 2020 AFP

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