Armed Militias and Extremist Groups

Sistani backs Iraqi government crackdown on outlawed militias

Top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani backs early elections and calls on the Iraqi government to take action against the outlawed militias and mafia active in the country.

Ali Mamouri | Armed Militias and Extremist Groups | sept. 14, 2020
al-monitor A picture of Iraq's top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is seen at a shop in a market in the capital Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 18, 2020. Photo by SABAH ARAR/AFP via Getty Images.

Army operations in Sinai continue unabated

The Egyptian armed forces said they had launched successful military attacks on terrorist hideouts and arms warehouses in the Sinai, inflicting heavy losses on the Islamic State-affiliated Wilayat Sinai.

A correspondent in Egypt | Armed Militias and Extremist Groups | sept. 7, 2020

Russia increased Wagner deployments as Hifter’s offensive faltered, UN report says

A new UN report backs US claims that Russia sent more fighters to Libya as Turkey intervened against Hifter.

Al-Monitor Staff | Libya conflict | sept. 3, 2020

Intel: US plans to reduce troops in Iraq

The Pentagon plans to reduce its current troop presence in Iraq by about one-third as President Donald Trump heads for November's vote on his reelection amid a campaign promise to end US military involvement in conflicts abroad.

Al-Monitor Staff | Defense/Security cooperation | août 28, 2020

As Iraqi PM balances ties with US, Iran and Arab states, Tehran weighs next move

Although Iran supports Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, there are signs it has concerns about his rapprochement with the United States and the Arab world.

Ali Mamouri | Iran-US tensions | août 28, 2020