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Sistani vs. the Militias: The Future of Iraqi Sovereignty

By Hamdi Malik, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Sistani vs. the Militias: The Future of Iraqi Sovereignty The international community needs to pay more attention to developments in Najaf, where Sistani-backed groups are… Read More

Iraq: Powerful Militias Assassinate Protesters with Impunity

By Louisa Loveluck and Mustafa Salim, for the Washington Post. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. In Iraq, powerful militias assassinate protesters with impunity The killings take place in public and are captured on surveillance footage. Those videos are then watched… Read More

Changing of the Guard: New Iraqi Militia Trends and Responses

By Michael Knights, Hamdi Malik, Crispin Smith, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Changing of the Guard: New Iraqi Militia Trends and Responses In the year since their most iconic leaders were killed, Iran-backed… Read More

US Sanctions Iraqi Militia Leader

By John Lee. The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Iraqi Popular Mobilization Committee (PMC) Chairman and former National Security Advisor Falih al-Fayyadh for what it says is his connection to serious human rights abuse. In response, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry has expressed its surprise on the decision, and… Read More

Armed Groups target Liquor Shops in Iraq

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Armed groups target liquor shops in Iraq Shops selling alcoholic beverages in Baghdad are constantly targeted. Some Iraqis see this as part of the war on their personal freedoms…. Read More

US imposes Sanctions on the Kaniyat Militia

By John Lee. The United States has imposed sanctions on Mohamed al-Kani and the Kaniyat militia in connection with what it says is the massacre of hundreds of civilians in recent years. In a press statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pictured) said: “Al-Kani and the Kaniyat militia, which al-Kani leads, are designated pursuant… Read More

Rhetoric Without Action Weakens Iraqi State

By Rasha Al Aqeedi, for the Center for Global Policy (CGP). Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Rhetoric Without Action Weakens Iraqi State Unlike his predecessors, the current Iraqi prime minister has spoken out against militia violations. But his failure to… Read More

Demands for Payment from Militias stalling Investment

By Salam Zidane for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Demands for payment from tribes, militias stalling investment in Iraq Economic projects in Iraq are facing major setbacks due to ongoing payment demands from tribes and armed groups. Click… Read More

The Future of Iran’s Proxies in Iraq

By Michael Knights, for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Back into the Shadows? The Future of Kata’ib Hezbollah and Iran’s Other Proxies in Iraq Kata’ib Hezbollah was Iran’s most favored militant group in Iraq… Read More

Can Kadhimi curb the Influence of Iran-backed Militias?

By Hamdi Malik, for the Atlantic Council. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Can Kadhimi curb the influence of Iran-backed militias in Iraq? Notwithstanding Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s desire to bring all of Iraq’s armed groups under the authority of… Read More