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Iraq Denies U.S. Bombed Anti-American Iran-Allied Militias

Baghdad repudiated recent Iraqi media reports claiming U.S. warplanes launched lethal airstrikes in Anbar province against an Iraqi-sanctioned umbrella organization for mainly Shiite militias backed by Iran, Bas News reported Monday.

32 civilians killed in coalition strikes in east Syria: monitor

Iran-Allied Shiite Militias in Iraq Vow to Push U.S. Troops Out

Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq, angered by U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement during his recent visit to the country that United States troops will remain there, renewed threats against American service members in recent days.

A fighter of the Hashed Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization units) runs with an M16 assault rifle during the advance through the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, after the Iraqi government announced the launch of the operation to retake it from Islamic State (IS) group control, on August 26, 2017. …

Iraq: Iran-Allied Militia Leader Serving as Top PM Adviser

Iraq has reappointed the former chief of the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) to his dual posts as chairman of the Shiite militias and national security adviser to the prime minister, the Associated Press (AP) reported Tuesday, noting that the Tehran-allied militiaman has also been nominated to head the country’s powerful interior ministry.

Popular Mobilization Forces parade in Basra, 340 miles (550 km) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. A local military commander for an alliance of powerful Shiite militias, many of them backed by Iran, vowed a response Saturday to weeklong protests that have turned violent in the southern city …

Top U.S. General: Iran-Backed Militias in Iraq a Threat to U.S. Forces

Some factions from the Baghdad-sanctioned umbrella organization for mainly Tehran-allied Shiite militia groups known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) are helping Iran expand its nefarious activities in Iraq, a top U.S. Department of State (DOS) official indicated this week.

A year after IS defeat, Iraq in throes of political crisis

Pentagon: Fighting Iran Proxies in Iraq Not Part of U.S. Mission, Despite Threat

The U.S. military’s mission in Iraq does not involve taking action against the threat posed by the Baghdad-sanctioned umbrella organization of mostly Shiite fighters known as the Popular Mobilization Forces/Units (PMF/PMU) and other Iran-backed militias, Breitbart News learned from the Pentagon.

Popular Mobilization Forces parade in Basra, 340 miles (550 km) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. A local military commander for an alliance of powerful Shiite militias, many of them backed by Iran, vowed a response Saturday to weeklong protests that have turned violent in the southern city …

Iraqi Shiite Militia Leader: ‘I Take Pride’ in Being Added to U.S. Terror List

In an interview with the Kurdish Rudaw news service published on Thursday, Shiite militia member Ahmed Ali Hussein declared that his group was proud to be added to America’s list of terrorist organizations. He also worried that fresh U.S. sanctions on Iran would cut off Tehran’s financial support for his organization.

MP-elect Ahmed Ali Hussein speaks on Rudaw's Iro program about Shiite politics in Iraq and US sanctions against Iran on May 28, 2018. Photo: Rudaw TV

Iraq: Clashes Continue Between Kurds, Iran-Allied Shiite Militias

Tensions between Kurds and Iranian-backed Shiite militias sanctioned by Baghdad continue to intensify in northern Iraq, prompting young Kurdish men to fight back “the bullies” with RPGs and machine guns in the latest incident in a wave of clashes between the two groups, reports Kurdistan24.

Iraqi military forces and Peshmerga troops, pictured, clashed Thursday at a border crossing to Syria that is the United States' only access point for military operations within Syria. File Photo by Spc. Jessica Hurst/U.S. Army/UPI

Kurdish Leader: Kurds ‘Revising’ Ties to U.S. After Trump Refused Support

The Trump administration’s opposition to the independence referendum approved by northern Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has prompted the Kurds to consider “revising” its mutually beneficial relationship with the United States, according to the region’s former president.

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Iran Deploys Tanks, Troops to Join Iraqi Shiite Militias on Kurdistan Border

Tehran has reportedly deployed dozens of artillery-backed tanks and its powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to link up with Iran-allied Shiite militias at the Iraqi Kurdistan border in response to the Kurds overwhelmingly voting in favor of independence from Iraq last Monday.

In front of a picture of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards' members, salute atop their tank, during a parade ceremony, marking the 24th anniversary of the outset of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, just …