Iraq’s second army: Who are they, what do they want?

For almost two years, US-backed Iraqi government forces, along with Kurdish Peshmerga forces and other allies, fought to push ISIL fighters out of the country. One of the key actors, who played a major role in the campaign declared by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, were Shia-dominated paramilitaries. Roughly 63 factions make up Iraq’s Popular Mobilisation…