U.S. pressures Baghdad over Iran-backed militias

FILE PHOTO: Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) fighters ride in a tank near the Iraqi-Syrian border in al-Qaim, Iraq. Iraq November 26, 2018. Picture taken November 26, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani/File Photo

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s surprise visit to Baghdad this month came after U.S. intelligence showed Iran-backed Shi’ite militias positioning rockets near bases housing U.S. forces, according to two Iraqi security sources. He told Iraq’s top brass to keep the militias, which are expanding their power in Iraq and now form part […]

Continue reading this article with a Fiji Times online membership.

More Stories