Hashd al-Shaabi leader reinstated as head of Iraq's NSC

By Haydar Karaalp

BAGHDAD (AA) – Iraq’s Supreme Court on Monday reinstated Falih Alfayyadh, the dismissed head of Iraq’s National Security Council (NSC) and current leader of the Shia Hashd al-Shaabi military force.

Alfayyadh was relieved of his post in early August by Prime Minister Hayder al-Abadi for alleged “malfeasance”.

But according to the Supreme Court’s Monday decision, Alfayyadh’s abrupt dismissal by the PM this summer had “failed to comply with Iraq’s constitution”.

A largely Shia fighting force, the Hashd al-Shaabi was established in 2014 to fight the Daesh terrorist group, which overran much of Iraq earlier the same year.

In 2017, the Hashd al-Shaabi was formally incorporated into the Iraqi armed forces.

Along with leading the Hashd al-Shaabi and heading up Iraq’s NSC, Alfayyadh also leads the Ataa Movement, which was founded on the eve of Iraq’s May 12 parliamentary poll.