Iraqi Shia Forces Could Help Fighting ISIS in Syria: Iraq's VP Says

Iraqi Shia Forces Could Help Fighting ISIS in Syria: Iraq's VP Says
Tue Jan 3, 2017 08:00:35

Iraqi Shia forces may help in combatting ISIS terrorists in war-torn Syria after defeating the Islamist State ( Daesh / ISIS / ISIL / IS ) group in Iraq, Iraqi Vice President Nouri Maliki said.

Hashd al-Shaabi, the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Shia militia may provide their help in fighting Daesh in Syria after defeating the terrorists at home, Maliki said; Sputnik reported.

"If we can be successful against Daesh and liberate our soil, we can go into Syria if our brothers there need help against Daesh," Maliki told journalists as quoted by Anadolu news agency. The PMF is currently tasked with clearing from terrorists the city Tal Afar 40 miles west of Mosul.

The PMF is an Iraqi state-sponsored umbrella organization composed of 40 predominantly Shiite militias with reportedly up to 100,000 members.

The Iraqi government has rejected the accusations. Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting Syrian opposition groups striving to overthrow the president. Damascus is also fighting numerous extremist and terrorist groups such as the Jabhat Fatah al Sham and Daesh, both outlawed in Russia. According to the United Nations, at least 300,000 Syrians have died since the beginning of the conflict.


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