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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Muqtada al-Sadr, an influential Shia cleric in Iraq, has ordered the deployment of the Saraya al-Salam militia group to protect the Kirkuk-Baghdad road, an Iraqi Member of Parliament revealed on Saturday. Saraya al-Salam, previously known as the al-Mahdi Army, is a Shia faction ...
On a drive to the Iraq-Syria border during her last trip, Rubin found that competing military and militia groups had set up checkpoints everywhere, ... Driving from east to west, the groups governing the roads morphed from the Peshmerga into the Iraqi Army into a variety of Shiite-connected militias and finally ...

Evacuating the rebel-held enclave of Douma, Syria, on March 20 after shelling by Syrian and allied forces. ... Hezbollah and Iraqi militias such as the Badr Organization, Kataib Hezbollah, Asaib Ahl al-Haq and Harakat al-Nujabaa have emerged as Iran's most powerful partners on the ground in Syria.
Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) – The Iraqi army, backed by pro-government troops, killed on Monday six Islamic State (IS) militants at a village in southern Mosul, a military source was quoted as saying. Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said, “Iraqi servicemen, backed by al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular ...
The Human Rights Information and Training Center, a non-government civil society organization based in Yemen's Taiz, revealed that Houhti militias continue ... The text, a copy of which was obtained by Asharq Al-Awsat, includes 24 clauses based on which Iraq will hold its first legislative elections after the ...
BAGHDAD — A Kurdish rebel group will withdraw from the town of Sinjar in northern Iraq on Friday, it said in a statement, following threats of attack from ... PKK fighters moved into Sinjar — about 75 miles (120 kilometers) west of Mosul — in 2015 with an offensive led by Iraqi Kurdish fighters known as the ...

A Kurdish rebel group says it is withdrawing from the town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, a move that follows threats of attack from Turkey. Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, says in a statement Friday they moved into Sinjar to protect the Yezidi people "from genocide" at the hands of the Islamic State group and ...
BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish rebels announce withdrawal from Iraq's Sinjar following threats of attack from Turkey. Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Facebook · Twitter · Email; Print; Save ...
A Kurdish rebel group has said it is withdrawing from the town of Sinjar in northern Iraq. The move follows threats of an attack by Turkey. The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) said in a statement on Friday that they moved into Sinjar to protect the Yezidi people “from genocide” at the hands of Islamic State (IS, ...
FILE - in this Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007 file photo, members of the Kurdistan Workers' party, known by its Kurdish acronym PKK, are seen near the Iraqi-Turkish border, northern Iraq. A Kurdish rebel group says they are withdrawing from Iraq's Sinjar following threats of attack from Turkey. The Kurdistan ...
The fourth reason is financial. Iraqi Kurdistan enjoys natural resources, specifically valuable oil fields. This has become another catalyst for the repeated raids of government forces and Iran-backed Shiite militias. Secondly, Iran has a strategic interest in dominating, controlling and suppressing Iraq's Kurds ...
Meanwhile, new Turkish airstrikes targeted other Kurdish fighters in Iraq on Wednesday, signaling a new phase of conflict in two nations still reeling from ... A tank belonging to Turkish soldiers and rebel Free Syrian Army fighters is seen in the Kurdish-majority city of Afrin, in northwestern Syria, after they ...
Other images depict rebels vandalizing symbols of the Kurds' nascent administration in the area: A bulldozer uproots a statue of the blacksmith Kawa, a legendary Kurdish figure, while other fighters struggle to slash at cloth-bound road signs featuring Abdullah Ocalan, the leader imprisoned by Turkey ...
Zinah and Safaa had been building a life in the Gulf nation since 2009, when a militia commander in Baghdad shot Zinah and murdered her colleague, prompting her to flee Iraq. In the months that followed the expulsion, the family's unwelcome odyssey brought them to six countries, through multiple times ...
A U.S. military helicopter crashed after hitting a power line in Iraq's western Anbar province, killing all seven personnel aboard, the Pentagon said Friday. Officials said the crash of the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter occurred Thursday afternoon near the town of Qaim. "All personnel aboard were killed in the ...
The militants have since been largely defeated, but Iraq's political stability still hangs in the balance. “We have worrisome evidence that Iran is trying to influence — using money — the Iraqi elections,” Mr. Mattis told reporters flying with him to Washington from the Persian Gulf island state of Bahrain, where ...
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey and Iraq could conduct a joint military operation against Kurdish rebels in Iraq. Cavusoglu told reporters ... The plans for a joint offensive follow a Turkish-Iraqi rapprochement stemming from both countries' strong opposition to a Sept. 25 referendum in ...

Iraq is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections in May. At least 28 Iraqi political parties associated with paramilitaries that fought Islamic State (IS) have registered to run candidates. Many of these parties, like their 'parent' militias, have close ties to Tehran. Most of these militias formed after IS captured ...
And they are getting help from fighters forced out of Iraq and Syria, as they plot to attack cities like Iligan and Cotabato in Mindanao, said Mr Ebrahim Murad, head of the 10,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which has signed a peace deal with the government and has been helping security ...
Conflict photographer Chris Hondros, working for Getty Images, covered major events from the attacks of September 11 through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the civil war in Liberia, and the chaos of the Arab Spring in Egypt and Libya. Hondros was killed while on assignment in Libya in 2011 in an attack that also took ...
Russia and Iran Winning War of Influence Against U.S. With New Ties to Middle East Allies Iraq, Syria and Each Other ... As the Syrian military, already bolstered by Iran-backed Shiite Muslim militias, was pushed back by rebels and jihadis, Russia and Iran gathered Iraq and Syria to form a counterterrorism ...
NSA Used Porn to “Break Down Detainees” in Iraq — and Other Revelations From 297 Snowden Documents ... U.S. Marines of the 1st Battalion 2nd Marines inspect the bedroom of a suspect, while patrolling on Oct. 8, 2004 in the insurgent stronghold of Haswah, 25 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq.
According to Foreign Minister, Iraq Considering Purchase of Russian Defense System – Following a meeting of the Iraqi-Russian Intergovernmental ... was in control of large swaths of land on the outskirts of Kirkuk City and that Iraqi Security Forces and popular militias were withdrawing from the territory.
Ahead of the May 12 general election, militias of the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMUs) contesting the election as the Fatah Coalition, are using the contentious issue of US troops remaining in Iraq following the defeat of Islamic State in December 2017, to fuel intra-Shia rivalry and gather votes.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – An Iraqi official on Wednesday claimed the US Army had taken precautionary measures at its bases in Iraq after continuous threats by the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias against American military presence in the country. An official from the Secretariat of the Iraq Council of ...
More than two dozen members of a pro-government militia in Iraq have been killed after being ambushed by disguised Islamic State of Iraq and the ... The PMF, an Iran-backed paramilitary group aligned with the Iraqi government in its battle against ISIL, said the attackers had been wearing Iraqi army ...
It “would open the door for hundreds of thousands of fighters from all around the Arab and Islamic world to participate in this fight - from Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan,” he said. Kaabi is the second top Iraqi militia leader in recent months to come to Lebanon in a show of support to Hezbollah.
Iranian-backed Iraqi militia to back Hezbollah in any war against Israel ... Akram al-Kaabi, the secretary general of Iraq's Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba movement which is part of the Popular Mobilization Forces fighting in Syria, said on Tuesday during a visit to Beirut that his forces will fight alongside ...
Iran-Backed Militias 'Used U.S.-Made Tanks' Fighting IS In Syria ... The Iranian-backed Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) are legally considered by Iraq to be part of the Iraqi Security Forces, Pahon said. But he added that the United States had never supplied "defense articles" to the militia.
During the chaotic battle with the Islamic State, Iran-backed militias got their hands on M1A1 Abrams tanks the United States originally provided to the Iraqi army, a Pentagon watchdog has found. A quarterly Inspector General report on the anti-Islamic State mission released last week cited reports that the ...
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The Iranian-backed Kata'ib Hezbollah militia on Monday warned it might engage in armed confrontation with US forces in Iraq at any moment. 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 ...
Last month, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced an unexpected political alliance with the leader of an Iranian-aligned militia. Hadi al-Amiri, the head of the Badr Organization, was set to join Abadi's grand coalition of political parties slated to run for election in May. The alliance provoked a swift ...
Iraq declared victory over Daesh in December after driving the militants from the last territory under their control, but in recent months the group has resumed insurgent-style attacks in northern Iraq. Iraqi security officials say between 150 and 200 members of the security forces have been killed in Daesh ...
Kirkuk (Iraqinews.com) – Iraqi policemen, backed by pro-government forces, killed on Tuesday six Islamic State (IS) militants in Hawija district in Kirkuk, ... Despite the group's defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops.
A group of ISIS fighters active in one of the group's last remaining bastions in eastern Syria reportedly attempted to cross over into nearby Iraq on Sunday, but were quickly defeated by fighters of the Popular Mobilization Forces, an Iran-backed collective of mostly Shiite Muslim Iraqi militias that was officially ...
U.S.-made tanks that fell into militia hands have sparked a standoff with Baghdad over assistance. ... The U.S. company that repairs Iraq's American-made M1A1 Abrams tanks has pulled many of its people from Iraq after at least nine of the armored vehicles ended up in the hands of pro-Iran militias. Now ...
Turkey is prepared to take its fight against Kurdish forces in northern Syria as far east as Iraq, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. ... Backed by pro-Turkish Syrian rebels, Turkish forces attacked the Kurdish enclave of Afrin with the declared aim of driving out the Kurdish People's Protection Units ...
Ahead of Iraq's May parliamentary elections, Iranian-backed militias announced the formation of a coalition called al Fatah al Mubin (Manifest Victory). It is led by Hadi al Ameri, chief of the Badr Organization and current Iraqi parliamentarian, who has close ties to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ...
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor with wide contacts inside Syria, said 24 civilians had died, as well as 25 Syrian rebels fighting alongside Turkey and 26 Kurdish fighters. Turkish officials on Tuesday said two of its soldiers had been killed. “We will not leave the blood of our martyrs ...
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) An Iraqi paramilitary group denounced on Tuesday a reported order by Lebanese authorities to arrest and deny entry for its top commander after he was seen at Lebanon's borders with Israel. Naeem al-Aboudi, a spokesperson of Asaeb Ahl al-Haq, a component of the Popular ...
Asaib Ahl al-Haq is a militia group under the umbrella of the Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in Iraq. Lebanese judicial authorities issued an arrest warrant for “Iraqi Sheikh [Qais] Hadi al-Khazali,” warning him if he ever tried to enter Lebanon again, according to Lebanese al-Akhbar ...
Turkey made the first militaristic move by stationing their army on the Turkish-Kurdish border in Northern Iraq. Following closely behind, the ... 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 ...
Unfortunately, a return to power by Maliki and his bloc would also usher in a return to the corruption and mismanagement that plagued Iraq during his initial tenure. To observe the impact this negligence had on Iraq, one need look no further than the degradation of the Iraqi military that occurred on his watch ...
21 (Xinhua) -- A senior Iranian security official on Sunday called on Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to block offensive of Kurdish militants on ... Iran will not tolerate the attacks by "some anti-revolutionary groups" who use the Iraqi soil, under the governance of KRG, to assassinate the Iranian ...
In December 2017, the Iraqi government announced with great fanfare the "official end of the war against the Islamic State group". The announcement marked the end of three years of fierce fighting. Among those battling the jihadists on the frontline were thousands of Shiite fighters. They agreed to speak to ...
Disarming the militias is one of Al Abadi's most delicate challenges. They are generally more effective than the Iraqi security forces and often defy Baghdad with the support of Tehran. They also have the blessing of Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani. Iraqi Shiite militia ...
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The head of Iranian-backed militia Asaib Ahl al-Haq recently called on the Iraqi government and Parliament to review ... Shia Hashd al-Shaabi militias—were involved in dozens of attacks on US troops, including the killing of American soldiers following the liberation of Iraq in 2003.
Ali Jayad al-Salhi, an expert sniper in his early 60s and veteran of multiple wars, was killed in September in clashes with IS in northern Iraq. He then was vaulted into legend. Shiites around Iraq trade stories of how, out of piety, he left his home, wife, 10 children and 20 grandchildren to join a Shiite militia to ...
A number of militia leaders have already indicated their desire to run, while prime minister Haider Al Abadi has warned that political factions associated ... The report urged Iraq's authorities to implement effective command and control over paramilitary militias by Iraqi armed forces, and establish effective ...
The vice president of Iraq has accused President Emmanuel Macron of going against France's constitution by interfering in foreign affairs after he called on Baghdad to disband Shia militias that proved crucial in the fight against ISIL. Macron met Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional ...


 

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