Iraq’s Muqtada al-Sadr Orders Most of His ‘Peace Brigade’ Fighters to Disarm

Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the country’s latest parliamentary elections, called for the dissolution of Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades), the militia wing of his movement, for the sake of “public interest” on Thursday as he seeks the formation of Iraq’s next government.

Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr delivers a speech to his supporters following Friday prayers at the grand mosque of Kufa in the holy city of Najaf, on April 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR HAMDANI (Photo credit should read HAIDAR HAMDANI/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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

Followers of Radical Shiite Cleric Stage Deadly Protests Against Shiite-Controlled Baghdad

Violent protests, featuring a rocket launch targeting Baghdad’s government Green Zone, killed five protesters and a policeman in the Iraqi capital this weekend. The incident triggered yet another protest Tuesday as throngs of supporters of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr carried their colleagues’ coffins through the city streets.

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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.

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 …

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.

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

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.”

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