Iraqi Shiite militia lead campaign to retake Ramadi
Iraq has launched a military campaign to retake the provincial capital of Ramadi after it fell to “Islamic State.” Initially, Shiite militiamen will lead the campaign and are already on their way to the area.
Shiite paramilitaries on the front line against Islamist fighters in Ramadi said on Tuesday that they had taken the lead in the Iraqi military’s campaign to reclaim the city, which fell last week in attacks by militants from the self-styled “Islamic State” (IS).
In Iraq, the Shiites’ participation in a military campaign is likely to be contentious among Sunnis in the Anbar province West of Baghdad where Ramadi is located. There are fears that too much trust placed in the Shiite militia by the Shiite-led government in Baghdad could lead to sectarian conflicts.
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Source News: DW