US army demands Shia militia leave Ramadi

US soldiers in IraqTuesday, 01 September 2015 13:54- File photo of US soldiers in Iraq

US forces in Iraq yesterday demanded the Shia Popular Mobilisation Crowd to leave the Sunni dominated city of Ramadi in the Anbar province.

An officer in the Anbar Police Command Lieutenant Colonel Abdul Sattar Halbusi said US forces stationed in Habbaniyah airbase, 25 kilometres east of Ramadi, issued a warning to the popular crowd militia to leave the strait east of Ramadi within 24 hours.

Halbusi told the Anadolu Agency that the Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades refused to leave the area.

He revealed that American advisers and military commanders reject the popular crowd’s presence in Ramadi for fear of sectarian violence against the city’s Sunni residents.

The US insists the Iraqi government withdraw allied popular crowd militias from Sunni areas recaptured from Daesh.