updated Thu. March 9, 2023
February 26, 2018
While Iraqi officials have attributed the attack partly to poor weather conditions, the lack of a clear security strategy in Hawija area given the large number of government-backed forces — including Shiite and Sunni militias that have little coordination with each other and the destitution of the local populationÃâÃÂ ...
February 24, 2018
Frankenstein in Baghdad portrays this gap in stable sovereignty by having the Whatsitsname move with his followers to “Area Zero,” a liminal space in Baghdad where three groups struggle for control: “the Iraqi National Guard and the American army on one side, and the Sunni militias and the Shiite militiasÃâÃÂ ...
February 21, 2018
Trained by the U.S. and German armed forces, the Kurds represented the only effective force on the ground independent of the Russian-backed Assad regime following the defeat of Sunni militias backed by the U.S., Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. The Kurdish resurgence in Syria, though, drew a ferociousÃâÃÂ ...
The Jamestown Foundation
February 8, 2018
For instance, the Nineveh Guard (NG), previously known as Hashd al-Watani (HW), is a Sunni militia led by the former governor of Mosul, Atheel al-Nujaifi. NG is an official part of the PMU but also receives funds from Turkey, which has troops stationed in Iraq that are unwelcome by the government, as wellÃâÃÂ ...
Middle East Eye
July 23, 2017
Al-QAA, Lebanon - Hezbollah fighters and the Syrian army have launched a military operation against Sunni rebels from former al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham (JFS) and the Islamic State (IS) group on the Syria-Lebanese border. Shelling could be heard from the outskirts of al-Qaa, in the north of LebanonÃâÃÂ ...
March 21, 2017
Sunni militia recruits Kurds in disputed city. By Rudaw 21/3/2017. The ethnically diverse and disputed city of Tuz Khurmatu has seen clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga and Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi in the past. Here, a Peshmerga stands guard outside the town. Photo: Rudaw. TUZ KHURMATU, Kurdistan Region — TheÃâÃÂ ...
October 14, 2016
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish officials have confirmed that Sunni militia trained by the Turkish army in northern Iraq will participate in the upcoming ... Last week, a spokesperson for the Sunni militia told Rudaw that the Sunni forces would come under Peshmerga command for the Mosul operation.
October 4, 2016
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Iraq's Sunni militia has announced it will come under Peshmerga command for the expected operation to liberate Mosul from the ... with the Peshmerga forces in the Mosul war,” Zuhair Hazin Jabouri, a spokespersons for the Sunni militia known as Hashd al-Watani, told Rudaw.
October 5, 2015
The Iraqi government has embarked on secret talks with Sunni militia figures and former members of Saddam Hussein's Baathist regime in an attempt to secure crucial Sunni support in the fight against Isis. After a first meeting in the Qatari capital Doha early last month, a second round of talks took place inÃâÃÂ ...