Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Friday decreed the inclusion of the pro-Iranian Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU) in the country’s security forces. The paramilitary group, also known by its Arabic name Hashd al-Shaabi, will henceforth receive equivalent salaries and other benefits the same as the country’s military personnel under the Ministry of Defense. PMU members may also enroll in military colleges and institutions. DEBKAfile: The decree, which was issued ahead of Iraq’s May 12 general election, leaves the PMU under the direct command of Iran’s Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani. He has detached some of its units for special training to fight in Syria in the service of Tehran.