PMC chairman Falih al-Fayyadh arrives in Kirkuk

Chairman of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Committee Falih al-Fayyadh (second from left) walks beside acting Kirkuk Governor Rakan al-Jabouri, September 30, 2021. (NINA photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Chairman of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Committee (PMC) Falih al-Fayyadh arrived in Kirkuk on Thursday, according to Iraqi media.

Upon his arrival, Fayyadh participated in a tribal gathering in Kirkuk city alongside acting Kirkuk governor Rakan al-Jabouri and several commanders, national Iraqi news agency (NINA) reported.

The gathering was an effort to promote peace, stability and coexistence in Kirkuk, NINA said.

It was the second visit by Fayyadh to Kirkuk this year, after he was blacklisted by the United States.

On January 8, the U.S. Treasury Department blacklisted Fayyadh, accusing him of being part of a crisis cell formed in the late 2019 to suppress protests with the support of Iran’s revolutionary guards Quds force.

The Iraqi foreign ministry denounced the decision as “unacceptable”.

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