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Shia fighters in Basra in June 2014 carry a poster of Shia spiritual leader Ayatollah Al-Sistani, who had just called on all able-bodied men to defend Iraq. Courtesy of Nabil Al-Jurani/AP/Press Association Images.

How to Deal with Iraq’s Shia Militias

Ranj Alaaldin
RUSI Newsbrief, 5 July 2016
Militias must be forced to choose between an institutionalisation process that acknowledges their existence, rights and legitimacy, or an armed confrontation that, in the long run, they cannot win.

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