Day 186 of The Mosul Slog.
ISIS is supposed to be on the run -- but it's attacking the military and attacking the police.
9 Iraqi forces killed, 3 kidnapped by ISIS in Anbar http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/230420172 … via @RudawEnglish
Who's really on the run?
Almost half a million people have fled #Mosul since the start of the operation to push Isis out...
Almost half a million people.
And so many of the dislocated are children.
The race against time for #Mosul’s children - https://medium.com/stories-from-unicef-in-iraq-english/mosul-six-months-fc855f9ebabf … via @UNICEFiraq #Iraq
Well at least things are going well otherwise in Iraq, right?
Baria Almuddin (ARAB NEWS) reports:
The Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi umbrella movement of mostly Shiite paramilitaries has no intention of demobilizing after [the Islamic State] is defeated. Instead, it is comprehensively expanding its remit. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently described Al-Hashd as a “terrorist organization” and facilitator of “Iran’s Persian expansion policy.”
In universities, Al-Hashd sponsors activities, enlists students and holds military training camps. Institutions have been established in Sunni provinces for recruitment, indoctrination and expansion. Tens of Al-Hashd offices have reportedly been opened in Mosul before this Sunni-majority city has even been liberated. Intelligence headquarters have been set up, and Al-Hashd detention centers — where torture and killings are routine — are no secret.
Shiite religious institutions complain of being besieged by Tehran’s propaganda. Pro-Iran seminaries are awash with funds as thousands of young people are indoctrinated with Tehran-approved theology. There are sustained efforts to ensure that a pro-Iran cleric succeeds Iraqi Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani.
The Hashd Law failed to bring paramilitaries under the government’s command. Instead, this law makes them a permanent legal entity, receiving money and weapons openly from the state and clandestinely from Iran, thus further undermining the regular army. Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi says the right things to the West about demobilizing Al-Hashd, but he has just promised to increase expenditure on these militias.
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