The Battle for Iraq: Shia Militias vs. the Islamic State

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Last summer, the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) swept from Syria into northern Iraq, routing Iraqi security forces and seizing the city of Mosul. Soon afterward, the group declared the establishment of a dubious "caliphate" in the area it controls and rebranded itself the Islamic State. With Iraq's army weakened and radical militants advancing on Baghdad, the country's Iran-backed Shia militias — which have their own history of sectarian abuses — fought back, halting the Islamic State's progress.

The militias have successfully combated Islamic State fighters on the ground with the assistance of air strikes from a US-led military coalition. But their growing influence within Iraq's government amid accusations that they have harmed Sunnis in areas that they control has led many to fear that the militias threaten the country's fragile sectarian and political balance.

VICE News traveled to Iraq in December to witness firsthand how Shia militias are taking the fight to the Islamic State, and to document the fallout of their controversial rise to power.






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At least they dont got an Abu Hajaar lmao

Author — shooterxd23

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4:35 When you need to defend your country from ISIS but you get matched with a cutie on tinder

Author — Jake

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Legend says Abu hajaar is still rolling

Author — Jason McIntyre

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4:06 dude shooting and swiping at the same time.

Author — bibi green

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Not to defend their
But to defend humanity
Especially Islam...

Author — faixxxz Ali

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You guys notice how Caring and Trying to Protect the Vice News reporter. Those Iraqi Man are really a true heros. They all cares for the Safety of the Vice News reporter and all the camera Crew.

Author — Moe Bazzi

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well done Shia brothers, I'm Shia too from Afghanistan. long live humanity ❤ respect to all religions

Author — Amir King

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5:38. The guy on the right. He's feeling it!

Author — AdzrenKolbenfaust

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2:16 my mom when i finish my homework in time.

Author — Edward snowden

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As a Syrian I really love and respect my Iraqi brothers

Author — Hamzah Noujoum

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GODBLESS SHIA ARMY LOVE FROM PHILIPPINES

Author — ηιηנα gαмιηg

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When you take your grandads last piece of meat at Christmas dinner:
6:17

Author — D.J .R

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At least the Shia militias avoid killing journalists, Christians and Yazidis. Most even avoid killing innocent Sunnis, even though they could be better in that regard.

Author — AureaPersona

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🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Isis: no smoking
Also isis: just a few, we might die anytime 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Author — Let There Be Truth

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Shia and Sunni fighting together against IS.

Author — Casey Peterson

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"If it wasn't for Iran, Iraq would've fallen"

USA always looks for a war!

Author — Kazimali Mawji

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6:15 this old guy is ready to gut their guts!

Author — Eugene Flores

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I am Sunni but I praise Shias for their fight against Daesh

Author — Rehman Malik

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i am sunni from Turkey, but go on shiis.

Author — tayfun akcan

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Nobody:

Dude in the middle of a gun fight: “It’s pretty funny”🤦🏾‍♂️🤣

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