Major General Ali Hamdani of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF or al-Hashd al-Sha'bi) recalled the battle against the so-called Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS, ISIL) and the heroism of his soldiers in the city of Najaf, south of Baghdad, Thursday. Ali Hamdani recalled how a young boy wanted to join the forces despite his age, «This boy — 16 years old. Although he was forbidden to, he still... Еще joined the resistance.» He went on to say, «You know, when I go to give families bad news — they cry, but they show their pride, that their loved ones did their duty. I am so proud of this.» The city of Najaf is famous for the biggest cemetery in the world called Wadi-us-Salaam, which reportedly contains over 5 million bodies. According to Ali Hamdani, «These are all officers. They weren't afraid of dying — and their parents took their sacrifice with pride.» On December 9, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that country was completely liberated from IS after Iraqi troops retook control of the Iraqi-Syrian border area, where the last pockets of resistance remained.