Iraqi minority groups including Christians, Yazidis, Shias etc. are pressing to set up militias to defend themselves against extremist group Islamic State. However, they complain they are facing resistance from the government fearful that this would inflame separatist sentiments.
According to the minorities’ point of view, the militias would be part of a U.S.-backed plan for a national guard. Members of these ethnic and religious minorities said they would wait until the government passes legislation setting up the force so as not to add to Iraq’s chaos.