The Hashd: a danger for the Iraqi state or an opportunity for a future interreligious, multiethnic National Guard?

Sunni fighters who have joined Shi’ite militia groups known collectively as Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilization), who are allied with Iraqi forces against the Islamic State, gesture with their weapons in al-Alam Salahuddin province March 17, 2015 (Photo: Thaier Al-Sudani).

Sunni fighters who have joined Shi'ite militia groups known collectively as Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilization), who are allied with Iraqi forces against the Islamic State, gesture with their weapons in al-Alam Salahuddin province March 17, 2015 (Photo: Thaier Al-Sudani).

Sunni fighters who have joined Shi’ite militia groups known collectively as Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilization), who are allied with Iraqi forces against the Islamic State, gesture with their weapons in al-Alam Salahuddin province March 17, 2015 (Photo: Thaier Al-Sudani).

Sunni fighters who have joined Shi’ite militia groups known collectively as Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilization), who are allied with Iraqi forces against the Islamic State, gesture with their weapons in al-Alam Salahuddin province March 17, 2015 (Photo: Thaier Al-Sudani).

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