In addition to the existence of 'tribal Hashd' in Ninawa and Anbar, there is tribal Hashd in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala. Liwa Nida' Diyala (The Diyala Call Brigade) is one such group.
To learn more about Liwa Nida' Diyala, I conducted an interview on 15 August 2019 with the group's media. It is slightly edited and condensed for clarity. Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.
Q: When was Liwa Nida' Diyala formed?
A: It was formed in 2015.
Q: In which areas has it fought?
A: In the Sharwain area north of al-Muqdadiya, Bahriz and Khan Bani Sa'ad, Hamrin and Qarah Tabah, al-Safra the al-Udhaim-Kirkuk road. The brigade has fought in these areas and is present in them.
Q: How many martyrs has it offered?
A: It has offered 32 martyrs.
Q: Are you affiliated with a faction like Badr or Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq?
A: The brigade is affiliated with the Hashd Sha'abi Commission exclusively.
Q: What is the role of the brigade currently?
A: The role of the brigade is to hold land and prevent the return of terrorism and help the other security apparatuses.
Q: Have other factions helped you in matters of training for example?
A: Very regrettably, no factions have helped us.
Q: How do you assess the situation in Diyala currently?
A: Regarding the security situation in Diyala, concerning the brigade's area of responsibility the situation is not good. There are activities of Da'esh [Islamic State] members in a continual sense.
Q: Why do you call yourselves tribal Hashd when you are affiliated with the Hashd Sha'abi Commission?
A: We are not the ones who call ourselves tribal Hashd. Some other sides are the ones who call us as such.
Q: From which tribes are most of your members?
Q: And the brigade is composed of three regiments?
A: Five regiments.