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Iraq

Hezbollah threatens withdrawal over Baghdad 'lack of support'

By Rudaw 24/4/2015
Members of the Iraqi Shiite militia, Kataib Hezbollah. EPA Photo.
Members of the Iraqi Shiite militia, Kataib Hezbollah. EPA Photo.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The powerful Shiite paramilitary group Kataib Hezbollah has threatened to withdraw its forces from eastern Fallujah over alleged lack of support from the Iraqi government, the group said in a statement released Thursday. 

“The current government and the leadership of Hashd al-Shaabi militia have not provided any support for us… [So] we will step out of eastern Fallujah if they fail to support us,” the statement read. 

Kataib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed militia not to be confused with Lebanese Hezbollah, also referred to its distaste for US involvement in Iraq's campaign against the Islamic State. During the liberation of Tikrit last month, the group slammed the inclusion of US airstrikes calling it “an effort to cover up local forces victories in the operation.”

Thursday's statement read: "Let the Americans protect the areas in north of Amiriyah, Tariq camp and Baghdad Airport.” 

According to reports, Hezbollah’s forces are protecting at least five strategic areas in the military push against ISIS in Anbar province.   

Hard-line Shiite militia groups, including Kataib Hezbollah and Asaib al-Haq, are allegedly responsible for the deaths of more than 1,000 US troops since 2003.

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Flaminco | 24/4/2015
This is Iran warning the US because of the Yemeni conflict, and Iran has the upper hand, at least when it comes to Iraq because if half the Shia militias withdraw from the fronts Iraq will collapse again, at least the Sunni regions will, the Iraqi army doesn't have a chance. Don't look at the "Golden Forces" which Baghdad uses as the poster child, the "Golden Forces" don't make up more than 5% of the Iraqi army, they're a small force that can clear small areas in close coordination with coalition air power, they can't hold territory.
Kurdistan supports | 24/4/2015
Came to kurdistan well support you, Hezbollah don't need Baghdad but as KURDS we well help leave them dirty Baghdad thieves.
hewa | 24/4/2015
shiie and sunni groups they should be under iraqi army with no diffrent .otherwise they will never push isis out of iraq. if so , because more sunni will joning isis just to hate shiie.
Paul | 24/4/2015
"Hard-line Shiite militia groups, including Kataib Hezbollah and Asaib al-Haq, are allegedly responsible for the deaths of more than 1,000 US troops since 2003." If it was up to me, the US would be launching airstrikes on these thugs. They seem unable or unwilling to take on ISIS alone, they don't want to work with coalition forces, and they have proven that they will kill those who come to help them. What do you say about people who were liberated from the rule of Saddam Hussein, only to attack their liberators? They can't be of any use to the Kurdish people, so they will likely only be trouble for the Kurds and a newly established Kurdistan. They are just the minions of Iran.
jefftan | 24/4/2015
If left alone they will be worse than isis, another group of extremist trying to exterminate another extremist. There must be check n balances to save the life of innocent victims. Hezbollah, Iraq need your help but you all need to obey orders too.

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