Head of state-sanctioned Iraqi militia, who once battled American troops, brushes off U.S. call to disband

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“The future of the (PMF) is to defend Iraq,” said Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. “The Iraqi army and Iraqi police say they cannot operate without the support of the Hashd,” he added, using a shortened Arabic term for the paramilitary force.