Welcomed by Haider al-Abadi, when the West denied significant assistance, Iran-backed militias are now the dominant force against ISIS in Iraq. They now have partial control of the interior ministry and received US$ one billion of Iraq’s budget as well as significant Iranian support.
Loyal to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as well as Iraq, the three biggest militias (Amiri’s Badr Organisation, Asaib Ahl al-Haq and Kataib Hezbollah) describe their relationship with Iran as good for Iraq’s national interests.
All this is not so good for civilians, especially Sunnis. As the militias clear ISIS out (as in Tikrit) their revenge attacks and unlimited violence has local populations living in fear of their liberators. In Baquba, Shi’ite killed local Sunnis and dumped 25 or more bodies in the city’s river (unreported by local news). Kidnappings and robberies by men in security uniforms have also risen in Baghdad.
Unless al-Abadi gains control the country will further disintegrate and become a satellite of Iran.
The details: [Reuters]
November 7, 2015, @bruce121Contact