Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi has issued a decree that orders armed factions to choose between political and military activity. Immediately after, Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr announced the dissolution of his armed wing Sarraya al-Salam.
Despite three years passing since the defeat of ISIS in Sinjar, residents say that the city has not recovered from the damage. Furthermore, the struggle between the central government and the KRG has placed the city in political impasse.
After clashes between in Dujail local tribes and Asaib Ahl al-Haq, a Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU) affiliated faction, the Governor of Salahuddin Province, Ahmed al-Jubouri and the head of the PMU, Falih al-Fayyadh agreed that PMU factions would withdraw from cities throughout the province.
The Fatha road snakes behind the heavily damaged Baiji Oil refinery, crossing between the low-altitude Hamreen and Makhoul mountain ranges into Kirkuk whose residents fear Islamic State (IS) sleeper cells.