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Shiite Militias Block ISIS From Capturing Iraqi Territory

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Dec 2014 12:34 PM

With the U.S.-backed Iraqi Army having collapsed, Shiite militias backed by Iran have emerged as the major obstacle to the capture of additional Iraqi territory by the Islamic State (ISIS).

New Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said that more than a million Shiite fighters are attempting to fill the void created when the national army fell apart as the Islamic State captured much of northern and western Iraq in June.

The most successful military forces in combating the Islamic State in Iraq today are Shiite militias like the Al Qara’a Regiment, whose commander operates out of a makeshift barracks about 40 miles south of Baghdad. On the battlefield, the group uses brutal military tactics that appear quite similar to those employed by the Islamic State.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that during a recent interview in the barracks, Ahmed al-Zamili, head of Al Qara’a, displayed on his mobile phone pictures of an Islamic State fighter’s "corpse hanging from a crude noose, a dead man on the ground clutching an AK-47 and a kneeling, blindfolded man uttering a confession."

Zamili, who ran restaurants before forming the militia in June, said the men had been captured by his men in late October. After briefly interrogating his prisoners, he ordered their executions, he says.

"We see them, we attack them, we get the weapons from them, we talk to them, we get their confessions, and then we kill them," Zamili added. "Of course, this is much better than the [Iraqi] army strategy."

In the official Iraqi media, militia leaders are treated as heroes and their leaders are shown on television delivering victory speeches next to Iraqi army generals.

Each victory on the battlefield gives the Shiite militia forces additional political power, so much so that some Iraqi politicians have taken to calling the militias a "Shiite Islamic State," the Journal reported.

Many of the Shiite militias operating in Iraq today are outraged by President Barack Obama’s recent moves to expand the U.S. fight against the Islamic State, claiming it is a plot to expand foreign involvement in Iraq.

Secret intelligence reports obtained by Wikileaks show that U.S. officials were wary of attacks on U.S. troops by Iranian-backed militias, and that Washington and Tehran engaged for years in a covert "shadow war" against each other inside Iraq.

Iran and allied militias were implicated in numerous plots and attacks against U.S. troops.

In early 2007, four American soldiers were kidnapped from an Iraqi headquarters in Baghdad and executed in an operation "which American military officials said literally bore the fingerprints" of a jihadist trained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah.

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With the U.S.-backed Iraqi Army having collapsed, Shiite militias backed by Iran have emerged as the major obstacle to the capture of additional Iraqi territory by the Islamic State (ISIS).
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