quarta-feira, 27 de maio de 2015

Iraq: Shiite militias and Army launch operation to liberate Anbar

Shiite militias have announced the launch of a large-scale operation, in collaboration with the Iraqi Army to liberate Anbar province, Sunni-majority control of extremists of the Islamic State.

The Pentagon, which supports with air raids, criticized the name clearly sectarian operation, which refers to an important Shiite Imam.

Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesman for the militia, explained that "4000 men Popular Mobilization Committee, [...] participating in the fighting for more than eight months, are an essential part of this battle ". Assadi believes that "the liberation of the province of Anbar and its capital, Ramadi, it won't take long time."

Militias and Army had already launched a counteroffensive on Saturday to try to reconquer Ramadi, about 100 kilometres west of Baghdad and that fell into the hands of jihadists on day 17.

The fall of the capital of the Anbar province led tens of thousands of Iraqis to flee the city. According to an NGO, the restrictions imposed by the authorities â€" demanding "sponsorships" for refugees trying to reach Baghdad â€" is being corrupted by unscrupulous individuals, selling so-called "pass-through" visas.

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