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- Added June 03, 2015
- Type: Monograph
- Iraq’s Shia Warlords and Their Militias: Political and Security Challenges and Options. Authored by Dr. Norman Cigar.
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The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has seen a resurgence of the Shia militias in Iraq and unprecedented prominence for the warlords who lead them. Given the presence of U.S. Landpower in Iraq as part of the fight against ISIS and the close links of some of the militias with Iran, understanding the militias’ role and capabilities is key for force protection and operational security, as well as for policy concerns.