• Iran-backed militias accused of reign of fear in Iraqi Basra

    27 days ago - By The Seattle Times

    BASRA, Iraq - Activists say powerful Iranian-backed militias that control Iraq's oil capital of Basra have waged a campaign of intimidation and arbitrary arrests to silence protests aimed at poor government services and Tehran's outsized influence in the region. Some protesters say they have been beaten or threatened. One militia leader denies orders for...
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  • Iran-backed militias accused of reign of fear in Iraqi Basra

    Iran-backed militias accused of reign of fear in Iraqi Basra

    27 days ago - By National Post

    BASRA, Iraq - Hajar Youssif was on her daily commute to work, staring at her phone and flicking through her Instagram account when she looked up to find herself in an unusual location. The taxi driver had turned into an alley.
    When she questioned the driver, he sped up.
    “I started to feel uneasy and knew that something bad was going to happen,” said the 24-year-old office administrator, who had taken part in protests over lack of clean water, frequent power cuts and soaring unemployment in her hometown of Basra, Iraq's oil capital and main port.
    She yelled and tried to open the door, but...
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  • Iran-backed militias accused of reign of fear in Iraqi Basra

    27 days ago - By ABC News

    Activists in Iraq's oil capital of Basra say the city's powerful Iranian-backed Shiite militias used violence, threats to silence protests against them
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