Four armed groups loyal to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani have broken away from the Popular Mobilisation Forces over concerns that Iran wields disproportionate influence over the umbrella group of militias.
Iran is accused of using its paramilitary proxy group to move missiles in turmoil-hit Iraq, which is caught in a tug of war between Iran and the US.
Many Turkish businessmen are facing huge losses as their products are systematically banned in Iraq, while sanctions-hit Iran pursues its own business interests in the country.
Political factions of Hashd al Shaabi founded in support of Iraqi army in its fight against Daesh after Sistani's call in 2014, are now getting ready for 2018 Iraqi elections. And Sistani says it's wrong for them to go into politics. Here's why:
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson demanded 'Iranian militias' to leave Iraq, in an effort to curb Iran's influence. Here's who he is talking about and how they can influence Iraq:
Osama al-Nujaifi, Iraq's Speaker of Parliament, says the move could potentially spread sectarian divisions between Sunnis and Shias in the country.
Working with the Iraqi army's Joint Operations Command, the Popular Mobilisation Forces launch the third phase of an ongoing operation to retake areas east of Tal Afar city from Daesh.
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