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"One of the major implications of terminating this process would be opening up the area to the Assad regime and to Iranian-led Shia militias, and of course this will instantly set the stage for the return of extremism and terrorism," Frederic Hof, who was the special adviser for the transition in Syria during the ...
Iran-backed Shia militias have played an instrumental role in pushing back IS in Iraq. However, rights groups have criticised the Shia militia groups for violations - including torture and killings - against Sunni civilians. US officials have repeatedly called on the Shia militias to integrate into the Iraqi army or to ...

"And this corridor could create a lot of things in the region," he added, referring to the so-called "Shia crescent" that spans from Lebanon, where Iran sponsors Shia group Hizballah, through to Syria where it backs the Assad regime and loyal Shia militias, to northern Iraq and Iran. Bin Salman voiced concern ...
Iran has managed to build its land bridge to the Mediterranean, by using the Shia militias that it supports in Iraq, along with its alliance with the Syrian regime. Michael Pregent, an expert on Iraq and an Adjunct Fellow at the Hudson Institute, explained that he had plotted the locations of those militias and the territory they ...
... and kidnapped by a Hashd al-Shaabi militia group at a Daquq security checkpoint, southern Kirkuk Province, following the Oct. 16 military takeover by Iraqi forces and Shia militia groups. ... Over the past years, Shia militias have been accused of operating under the direct command of Tehran rather than Baghdad. On Oct.
The Governor of Sulaimani, however, should have also announced at least a day of mourning for the fall of Kirkuk last year, when Iraqi forces and [Iranian-backed] Shia militias attacked it and took over the city,” a Kurdish man posted on his Facebook account. “Throughout history, the people of the Kurdistan Region had ...

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The Deputy Commander of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi has said the group would not hesitate to highlight Iran's role and support for the Shia militias in Iraq. Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Deputy Commander of the Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization ...
In its desperation to defend against the joint Turkish and Free Syrian Army (FSA) onslaught, and with its front lines methodically collapsing, the YPG agreed to allow Assad regime troops and allied pro-Iran Shia militias into nearby Tel Rifat. Syrian state media then showed footage of regime soldiers inside ...
Monday's attack came a day after the Hashd al-Shaabi, a pro-government Shia militia, pulled out from the area. Last year, officials in Baghdad declared that Daesh's military presence in Iraq had been all but dismantled following a three-year war with the Iraqi armed forces. Nevertheless, the notorious ...
Ali al-Hamdani, a Commander within the PMF, said the Shia militia planned to carry out “significant operations” to secure Kirkuk fully, but have been waiting for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to greenlight the operations. “As a result of the security implications in the province of Kirkuk, and the intelligence information ...
In Iraq, this will take form in Iran leveraging "its aligned PMF (Hasd Shaabi) and Shia militia groups, as well as its longstanding political and societal ties as its main avenues of influence to pressure Baghdad to expel US and coalition forces and prevent Kurdish separatism". As the ISIL territorial threat ...
In Iraq, this will take form in Iran leveraging "its aligned PMF (Hasd Shaabi) and Shia militia groups as well as its longstanding political and societal ties as its main avenues of influence to pressure Baghdad to expel U.S. and coalition forces and prevent Kurdish separatism. As the ISIL territorial threat ...
In Iraq, this will take form in Iran leveraging "its aligned PMF (Hasd Shaabi) and Shia militia groups as well as its longstanding political and societal ties as its main avenues of influence to pressure Baghdad to expel U.S. and coalition forces and prevent Kurdish separatism. As the ISIL territorial threat ...
In Iraq, this will take form in Iran leveraging "its aligned PMF (Hasd Shaabi) and Shia militia groups as well as its longstanding political and societal ties as its main avenues of influence to pressure Baghdad to expel U.S. and coalition forces and prevent Kurdish separatism. As the ISIL territorial threat ...
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a decree on Thursday formalising the inclusion of Shia paramilitary groups in the country's security forces. According to the decree, members of the Shia militias, an assortment of militia groups known collectively as the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), which ...
More recently, it has allowed Shia militias backed by Iran to set up camp on the Saudi border. In response the kingdom, which considers itself the region's Sunni champion, is accused of bankrolling Sunni jihadists in Iraq. But Muhammad bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, is shaking the kingdom from its ...
KIRKUK – A suicide bomber blew himself up on Sunday (February 25) targeting headquarters of a Shia militia known as Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq in Kirkuk. A source from Kirkuk police said that the suicide bomber was wearing an explosive belt and damages occurred to the headquarters of the Shia paramilitary ...

Several Shia militias under the umbrella of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi, including Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Hezbollah Battalion, and Al-Badr Brigade have recently expressed their opposition to the presence of US troops in Iraq, vowing to target them if they remain in the country. Niyazi Mimaroglu, a Shia Turkmen MP, who ...
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Islamic State (IS) militants late Sunday night killed 27 Iraqi fighters after a convoy of the Iranian-backed Shia Hashd al-Shaabi (PMF) militias was ambushed in the oil-rich and ethnically diverse province of Kirkuk, a statement announced on Monday. The statement posted on the ...
Iranian-backed Shia militia groups like the Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq and Lebanese Hezbollah in Syria continue to have a significant presence in the region. ... forces, supported by the Iranian-backed Shia militias, attacked Kirkuk, the Trump administration seemed less aware of the extent of Tehran's influence in Baghdad.
Two experts diagnose the Shia militia problem in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, offering concrete advice for reducing the power of Iran's proxies. On February 2, Hanin ... The event marked the release of Ghaddar's new Institute report “Iran's Foreign Legion: The Impact of Shia Militias on U.S. Foreign Policy.
Several other Shia militias under the umbrella of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi have previously expressed their opposition to the presence of American troops in Iraq, vowing to target them if they stay in the country. US forces are “in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government,” State Department Spokesperson ...
The military campaign has a five-prong strategy to clear the region from the White Flag group's supporters and fighters, according to Shia militia commanders. ... Following the military takeover of Kirkuk and Khurmatu by Iraqi forces and the Shia militias on Oct. 16, a militant group emerged in the mountainous areas south of ...
It is the second, if not the third warning issued by the Iranian-backed Shia militia against American troops in the country since the Iraqi government declared final victory over the Islamic State (IS) in late 2017. There are over 5,000 US troops in Iraq. The US-led Coalition against IS on Monday stated its focus in Iraq would shift ...
Last week, two members of the Shia militia group as well as the Iraqi Federal Police were killed, and several others wounded in two separate IS attacks in Kirkuk. Since Iraqi forces and the Shia militias took control of Kirkuk and other disputed areas in October, unprecedented security incidents including ...
... by the Hashd al-Shaabi against the Christian community, he noted that there are “factions under the umbrella of the Shia militia working to change the demography of the Christian-populated areas.” In addition to IS' attacks, Christians in the Nineveh Plains are exposed to harassment and assaults by the Shia militias since ...
Most recently, Iranian influence in Iraq in the form of Shia militias targeting Kurdish disputed territories has been strongly condemned by many politicians in Washington, DC, and officials in Kurdistan. On Oct. 16, days after US President Donald Trump's speech on curtailing Iran's destabilizing role in the ...
Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) The Shiite militia of Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) have accused the protection guards of Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi of attacking the personnel deployed between Samarra and Tikrit in Salahuddin, which sparked confrontations that caused the death of the guards ...
In October, Abadi strongly defended the Shia militias, after comments from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that foreign fighters and Iranian militias in Iraq should “go home.” Abadi said they were Iraqi volunteer fighters who had played a major role in the military defeat of ISIS. The parliament vote, backed ...
Indeed, just three days after the Oct. 16 attack on Kirkuk by Iraq and Iranian-backed Shia militias in a military operation engineered by Qassim Soleimani, head of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Cruz issued a statement calling on Baghdad to “halt all efforts that contribute to a ...
Two experts diagnose the Shia militia problem in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, offering concrete advice for reducing the power of Iran's proxies. On February 2, Hanin Ghaddar and Phillip Smyth addressed a Policy Forum at The Washington Institute. Ghaddar, the Institute's Friedman Visiting Fellow, is a veteran ...
The military campaign has a five-prong strategy to clear the region from the White Flag group's supporters and fighters, according to Shia militia commanders. ... Following the military takeover of Kirkuk and Khurmatu by Iraqi forces and the Shia militias on Oct. 16, a militant group emerged in the mountainous areas south of ...
It is the second, if not the third warning issued by the Iranian-backed Shia militia against American troops in the country since the Iraqi government declared final victory over the Islamic State (IS) in late 2017. There are over 5,000 US troops in Iraq. The US-led Coalition against IS on Monday stated its focus in Iraq would shift ...
Last week, two members of the Shia militia group as well as the Iraqi Federal Police were killed, and several others wounded in two separate IS attacks in Kirkuk. Since Iraqi forces and the Shia militias took control of Kirkuk and other disputed areas in October, unprecedented security incidents including ...
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Iraqi forces are in the early stages of a military campaign aimed at clearing out areas near Tuz Khurmatu, south Kirkuk Province, from an insurgent group which emerged after Iraqi troops and Shia militias took control of Kirkuk late last year, according to an Iraqi military commander.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The Deputy Commander of the Hashd al-Shaabi militias recently revealed that Iran and Lebanon-based Hezbollah played an essential role in the formation and strengthening of the Shia militia group in Iraq. Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Deputy Commander of the Iranian-backed ...
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – An Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi faction on Monday accused the United States of leading campaigns to weaken Iraq and called on the Iraqi Commander-in-Chief “to endorse the structure and instructions” regarding the Shia militias. During a press conference inside the Iraqi ...
On October 16, 2017 Kirkuk became the battleground between the Iraqi military and the Iranian backed Shia militia, and the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces. After the referendum the decision for many was not about political freedom but rather choosing carefully who they believed would be the victors of ...
Lebanon issues arrest warrant against prominent Iranian-backed Shia militia Commander in Iraq. Qais al-Khazali, the leader of the Iranian-backed Shial Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia in Iraq. (Photo: Archive). Iraq Lebanon. A+ A A-. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Lebanese authorities on Tuesday issued an arrest ...
It now also appears that IS' brutality is being conveniently and cynically exploited by the Iraqi government and allied pro-Iran Shia militias to shift the blame for atrocities they have committed onto the armed group. IS' well-deserved and global reputation as a savage terrorist organisation has been used to ...
Warning that Baghdad's tolerance of Shia militia is only storing up further anger among Iraq's Sunni communities, Hardie-Forsyth claims that the Iraqi ... Hardie-Forsyth urged the government to urgently reappraise the UK's “blanket support” of Baghdad given the latter's acceptance of the Shia militias' ...
Since then, a new wave of displacement and humanitarian crisis hit the region as thousands of people, mostly Kurds, left Kirkuk and Khurmatu fearing targeted abuse and threatening behavior from Shia militias. According to the KRG, in the aftermath of the October attack, over 180,000 people, mostly Kurds, have been ...
Gunmen target Iraqi security patrol, Shia militias in Kirkuk. Smoke billows as Iraqi forces advance towards the center of Kirkuk on Oct. 16. (Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP). Kurdistan Iraq kirkuk. A+ A A-. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – A group of unknown gunmen on Thursday night launched a rocket attack on an ...
Shia militia's indiscriminate bombardment targets Kurdish villages near Khurmatu. December 12-2017 10:10 AM. Most Popular. Last 24 Hour; Last week; Last month. 01 PUK Peshmerga Commander: 'traitors' planned to bring Iraqi forces, Shia militias into Kurdistan · 02 Iraqi Prime Minister and Interior Minister clash over ...
“There is a direction in the PUK that a number of party members, and even some regional countries, support,” which is to allow Iraqi forces and Shia militias to enter the Kurdistan Region, Mustafa said without giving further details. “Unfortunately, I can't reveal their names because, as it often is during hard times and for the ...
Border guard forces of Iraqi army are supported by controversial Shia militias against fires from Syrian territory. There is no information about who opened fire. Shia militias have become one of the dominant and feared forces in Iraqi politics ( AP ). Iraqi Shia paramilitary groups have been deployed to the ...
Karbala (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have killed a member of the Shia militias Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) in Karbala city, a security source said on Saturday. A police patrol stormed into a house of a member of the brigades in al-Ghadeer district in Karbala, the source told BasNews website. Armed ...
At least five Christian protesters were injured by Shia militia gunfire in northern Iraq on Saturday, according to a local police officer. Scores of Christians demonstrated in the town of Bartala in northern Iraq to protest assaults by members of the Hashd al-Shaabi militia against their minority, Capt. Agathon ...
More than three years after its establishment and after considerable sacrifice, 7,678 Hashd fighters have been killed and more than 14,000 injured in the battle against ISIS, now the group is being called to disarm and disband. by Tom Westcott. December 13th, 2017. By Tom Westcott ...
An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric on Dec. 11 urged his fighters to hand state-issued weapons back to the government, following Iraq's declaration of victory against the Islamic State group. In a speech broadcast on Iraqi television, Muqtada al-Sadr also called on his forces to hand over some territory to other ...


 

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