From Tehran to Beirut: Shia Militias Aim to Firm Up Iran's Arc of Influence

(Guardian-UK) Martin Chulov - Iranian general Qassem Suleimani helped lead units of the Popular Mobilization Front (PMF), a Shia militia which has chased Islamic State from territories in northern Iraq, carving out a new swath of influence from Mosul to the Syrian border. In May, PMF leaders told their senior members a land corridor that would give Iran a supply line across Iraq and Syria and into Lebanon had been rerouted through their area of operations.

2017-06-16 00:00:00

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