December 16, 2016

THE SHI'A/CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE:

The U.S. is helping train Iraqi militias historically tied to Iran (Molly Hennessy-Fiske and W.J. Hennigan, 12/15/16, LA Times)
 
In a significant break with past policy, U.S.-led forces in Iraq have started arming and training hundreds of fighters belonging to Shiite militias historically known for having ties to Iran.

The sectarian militias are being trained for the operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul. While Mosul's future remains uncertain, the cooperative effort is expected to strengthen the Shiite forces both militarily and politically.

The U.S.-led coalition has provided hundreds of guns and training to the fighters in recent weeks, indicating a new level of cooperation, although U.S. military officials quickly moved to downplay it, saying the fighters being trained have no ties to the Iranian-backed groups that targeted Americans in the past.

Posted by at December 16, 2016 12:41 PM

  

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