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Fighters belonging to Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi 'Popular Mobilization' militia battle ISIS in southwest Anbar Province.
November 4, 2014
Amidst tight security, Lebanese Shia citizens defy ISIS bomb threats and participate in Ashura celebrations in Beirut's southern suburbs.
Ashura commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein in the battle of Karbala in 680AD. While primarily a religious celebration, Ashura in Lebanon is highly tied to politics. This year's rally in south Beirut ended with a speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, who defended his party's military actions in Syria.
Sunni militant groups like ISIS and Nusra Front have been threatening to attack Hezbollah controlled and Shia dominant areas in Lebanon in revenge for Hezbollah's involvement in the Syrian conflict. Last year, Beirut's southern suburbs experienced a wave bombings at the hands of Nusra affiliated militants.
Armed Shia fighters from the al-Akida brigade celebrate their graduation after seven days of combat training under guidance of Iranian military advisors. Sheikh Maytham al-Karbalaei, a leader in the brigade stated, “This regiment was trained in the most modern tactics of urban warfare, and how to respond to any sudden attack against the Shiite holy sites.”
The brigade of 2,500 fighters is independent and does not answer to any governmental authority. It is responsible for the protection of al-Ataba al-Abasey shrine and receives its orders from Iraqi-Shia spiritual leader Sheikh Ali al-Sayed al-Sistani.
June 19, 2014
Iraqi-farmers from the area around Baghdad gather in the city to form fighting brigades that will fight ISIL. Under the administration of the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture, the farmers are answering the call of Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani, the spiritual leader of the Iraqi-Shia, to take up arms against ISIL. The Ministry of Agriculture is helping organize farmers across the country form their own fighting brigades.
June 18, 2014
Mahdi Army fighters loyal to Iraqi-Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr march in the holy city of Najaf. The Mahdi Army, also known as the Jaish al-Mahdi, vowed to defend the city from the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as it continues its assault across Iraq.
The deployment of the Mahdi Army to the streets of Najaf is yet another significant sign that Iraq is headed to larger, more widespread civil war.
June 17, 2014
420 Iraqi Army volunteers undergo basic training at an Iraqi Army training camp in the central Baghdad neighborhood of al-Jadliya. Most new recruits are only given 3 days of training and then sent to the front lines to battle ISIL. The recruits responded to the call of Iraqi-Shia Spiritual leader to Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to take up arms against ISIL.