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This file handout picture released by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office on July 9, 2016 shows him with army generals and members of the counter-terrorism forces in the capital Baghdad

Pro-Iran Militias Support Iraqi PM’s Bid for Re-Election

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced a bid for re-election on Sunday with the support of anti-American, Iran-backed Shiite militias that have turned their guns on the pro-U.S. Iraqi Kurds following the demise of the Islamic State in Mosul.

MOSUL, IRAQ - NOVEMBER 15: A young girl walks across a street just behind the frontline in the Entisar neighborhood on November 15, 2016 in Mosul, Iraq. The mosul offensive has slowed due to heavy resistance from ISIL in the small streets of the outer neighbourhoods of Mosul. Residents have …

UN: 59,000 Displaced in Mosul as Iraqi Troops Dig Deeper into Islamic State Territory

Representatives of a variety of United Nations (UN) agencies and non-governmental organizations have warned that the conditions in liberated areas of Mosul, Iraq, have made civilians extremely vulnerable to disease, dehydration, and famine, as the Iraqi military continues to barrel deeper into the city’s Islamic State strongholds.

Iraqi troops stand guard at a base in Makhmur, around 70 kilometres (45 miles) southeast of Mosul, on February 11, 2016

Kurdish Peshmerga: Iraqis ‘Too Weak’ to Take Mosul Alone

Kurdish Peshmerga forces fighting alongside the Iraqi military on the mission to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State warn that the Iraqi army is “too weak” to fight ISIS, even with its advanced weaponry, while the peshmerga is better trained but ill-equipped to fight alone.

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Iran-Backed Shiite Militias Move to Combat ISIS in Ramadi

After American-armed troops from the American-supported Iraqi central government were routed from the city of Ramadi by an inferior ISIS force, the head-choppers embarked on what the Kurdish Rudaw news service describes as a “bloody purge.”