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Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr (L) speaks next to Iraq’s Defense Minister Khaled Al-Obeidi (R) during a news conference in Najaf, south of Baghdad, on January 19, 2015. (REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani)


Militias undermine Iraqi army, says Sadr

Militias undermine Iraqi army, says Sadr

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Sectarian militias and other armed groups are a danger to the “unity and prestige” of the Iraqi army, the head of the Shi’ite Sadrist Movement, Moqtada Al-Sadr, said on Sunday. Speaking at a joint press conference with Iraq’s Minister of...
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Volunteers for the newly formed “Peace Brigades” participate in a parade in the Shi’ite stronghold of Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, on Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)


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Iraqi Shi’ite fighters salute to the shrine of Sayeda Zeinab, the granddaughter of Prophet Mohammad, in Sayeda Zainab area in Damascus on May 25, 2013. (Reuters/Alaa Al-Marjani)


Assad’s Unofficial Iraqis

Assad’s Unofficial Iraqis

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—Much attention has been given to the involvement of Lebanese fighters from Hezbollah in the fighting in Syria, understandably so given their fierce reputation and role as the vanguard of recent government offensives in the Qalamoun region....
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Members of Shi’ite group Asaib Ahl al-Haq, who support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, carry the coffin of a fighter, draped with an Iraqi flag during a funeral in Najaf, 160 km (99 miles) south of Baghdad, November 29, 2013. The fighter was killed during clashes with the Free Syrian Army in Syria, according to the group. Picture taken November 29, 2013. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani