Tag: Iran-backed Shiite militias

Iraqi forces pushed the Islamic State group out of Qayyarah, considered strategic for a planned offensive against the jihadists' last Iraqi stronghold of Mosul

U.S. Expects Islamic State to Use Chemical Weapons to Defend Mosul

American officials fear that Islamic State jihadists will use crudely-designed chemical weapons, primarily packed with a sulfur mustard gas agent, to defend their de-facto capital of Mosul in Iraq from advancing Iraqi forces, Kurdish troops and Iran-allied Shiite militias, backed by U.S. troops.

AFP

Iraq Summons Saudi Envoy over Comments on Iran-Backed Militia

The Iraqi foreign ministry summoned the new Saudi ambassador to Baghdad, Thamer al-Sabhan, after he suggested that a coalition of Iran-backed Shi’ite militias was exacerbating sectarian tensions and should leave the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) to the Iraqi security forces.