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Weeks Of Combat In Iraq Show Shiite Militias Have Few Offensive Capabilities

By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff IRBIL, Iraq — The sectarian Shiite militias that the government in Baghdad has dispatched to fill the void created by the collapse of the Iraqi army are proving ill-equipped for offensive operations intended to reverse gains by the radical Islamic State, Iraqi soldiers, and military experts studying the current […]

July 16, 2014

Iraqi Shiite Fighters Of Balad Provide Bulwark For Baghdad

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times BALAD, Iraq — The Shiite militia commander, slight of build and decked out in green fatigues, views the checkpoint that he oversees as much more than an isolated outpost amid the endless palm groves of the Tigris River valley. “We are the forward defensive line for Baghdad,” said […]

July 15, 2014

In Iraq, Death Toll Rises Among Shiite Recruits Battling Insurgency

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times NAJAF, Iraq — The unadorned wooden boxes arrive lashed to car roofs or secured in the beds of pickup trucks, a steady procession of mortal remains on a doleful final journey to this holy city. Only days ago, they were enthusiastic Shiite Muslim recruits who answered the call […]

July 10, 2014

Al-Maliki Urges Iraq’s Neighbors To Join Fight Against Islamists

By Mitchell Prothero, McClatchy Foreign Staff IRBIL, Iraq — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called Wednesday for support from neighboring countries in his government’s struggle against Islamist insurgents, saying the formation of an Islamic caliphate in much of Iraq and Syria threatens the entire region. The declaration of the caliphate by the radical terrorist group […]

July 2, 2014

Sunnis And Kurds Walk Out Of Iraq Parliament Session

BAGHDAD — Hopes that Iraqi lawmakers could swiftly agree on new political leadership and halt a slide back into civil war were set back Tuesday when the first parliamentary session ended in an impasse after less than two hours. Sunni Muslim and Kurdish lawmakers walked out of the chaotic session, the first since April elections, […]

July 1, 2014

U.N.: 2,400 Iraqis Killed In June, Most In 7 Years

By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times BAGHDAD — More than 2,400 Iraqis were killed in June, the highest monthly death toll in seven years, as a fierce Sunni Muslim insurgency threatens to plunge the country back into civil war. Figures released Tuesday by the United Nations showed that at least 2,417 Iraqis were killed and […]

July 1, 2014

In Iraq, Shiite Muslim Militia’s Re-Emergence Gives U.S. Pause

By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times BAGHDAD — He looks more like a desk jockey now than a militant, his graying hair framed by rectangular glasses, his round belly protruding under a button-down shirt. Ali Faris acknowledges that he got soft after the American troops he once fought withdrew from Iraq. He stored his weapons […]

July 1, 2014