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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

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.

Members of the Iraqi pro-government Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitary forces gesture from the modern town of Hatra, near the eponymous UNESCO-listed ancient city, southwest of the northern city of Mosul, on April 28, 2017. Iraqi forces retook the town of Hatra, southwest of Mosul, on the third day of …

Analyst: Iran-Allied Militias Will Cause Iraq’s Next War

The next time post-Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) Iraq descends into war will be linked to the Baghdad-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an umbrella group of predominantly Iran-backed Shiite militias, an Iran analyst during the 2017 Aspen Security Forum.

** FILE ** In this Nov. 12, 2007 file picture, Kurdish demonstrators are silhouetted by a Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) flag during a protest in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia. Kurdish rebels have kidnapped three German climbers on Mount Ararat, the governor of a province in eastern Turkey said Wednesday …

Iraq: Yazidis Recruited by Kurdish Terror Group PKK Defecting to Iran-Allied Troops

Many members of the Yazidi minority group in northern Iraq who had been recruited by the U..S.-designated terror group Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to defend their territory against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) are now joining an Iran-allied Shiite paramilitary group trying to capture more territory in the war-ravaged Middle Eastern country.