shia militias

  • Shi'ite fighters from Saraya al-Salam, who are loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, gather at site of a suicide attack at the entrance of the Shi'ite Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi in Balad, north of Baghdad, Iraq, July 8, 2016.  REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2KB5P
    October 5, 2016  

    Militia groups, made up mostly of Shia fighters and often backed by Iran, have become instrumental in the charge to drive the Islamic State from Iraq. But their battlefield presence makes them a controversial force — many militia members are accused of war crimes and have killed Americans. Special correspondent Jane Ferguson reports in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Continue reading

  • IRAQ-VOTE-KURDS
    April 29, 2014  

    Iraqis are preparing to go to the polls in the first national elections since American forces withdrew. However, as the government faces a resurgence of al-Qaida-linked groups, fears intensify that security forces are losing their grip on a key part of the country. Journalist Jane Arraf reports from Baghdad. Continue reading

  • October 20, 2006  

    Shiite militias raided police stations in the southern Iraqi city of Amarah Friday, briefly taking control before mediators negotiated a truce. A London Times reporter in Baghdad provides an update on the situation in Iraq. Continue reading