Armed Militias and Extremist Groups

Why is France a useful adversary for Turkey?

Although France has the means to hamper Turkey, both in the European Union and Africa, its current strategy often plays into Turkey’s hands, as evidenced by its recent failure to squeeze Turkey through a NATO probe.

Fehim Tastekin | Libya conflict | juil. 10, 2020
al-monitor French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) are seen at the Chancellery on Jan. 19, 2020, in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Emmanuele Contini/Getty Images.

US air defenses intercept rocket fired toward Baghdad’s Green Zone

US air defense systems stopped a rocket attack before it could enter Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, which houses the US and other embassies.

Al-Monitor Staff | Armed Militias and Extremist Groups | juil. 6, 2020
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Iraqi government battle against Iran-backed militias enters new phase

The battle to rein in armed militias outside state control has been a long and challenging process, but the Iraqi prime minister is gathering political support for his efforts.

Ali Mamouri | Armed Militias and Extremist Groups | juil. 1, 2020
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Pro-Iran militia leader challenges Iraqi government attempts at restraint

Head of Asaib Ahl al-Haq Qais al-Khazali warns the Iraqi prime minister to steer clear of a clampdown or "lose everything.”

Ali Mamouri | Armed Militias and Extremist Groups | juin 29, 2020
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Intel: Congress pushes European Union to fully designate Hezbollah as terrorist group

A bipartisan group of 30 US lawmakers sent a blanket letter to all European Union member states Thursday asking them to designate the entirety of Lebanon’s militia-cum-political party Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

Al-Monitor Staff | Terrorism | juin 26, 2020
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