Iran-Backed Iraqi Shiite Militias Plan to Fight with Assad in Syria

تم نشره في Sun 30 October / Oct 2016. 12:00 AM
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CAPITALS — A coalition of Iranian-backed Iraqi Shiite militia plans to cross the border into Syria to fight alongside President Bashar Assad after "clearing" ISIS militants from Iraq, a militia spokesman said on Saturday.

Iraqi Shiite militiamen are already fighting on Assad's side in the country's civil war, and the coalition is currently participating in an Iraqi government offensive to recapture the northern city of Mosul from ISIS. The announcement by the coalition, known as Hashid Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization, would formalize its involvement in Syria.

"After clearing all our land from these terrorist gangs, we are fully ready to go to any place that contains a threat to Iraqi national security," Ahmed Asadi, a spokesman for the Shiite coalition, told a news conference in Baghdad.