Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Iraqi Shiite Militia Sends 1,000 More Fighters To Syria’s Aleppo

Reuters: Iraq militia fighters join battle for Syria's Aleppo

An Iraqi Shi'ite militia said on Wednesday it had dispatched more than 1,000 fighters to the frontline in neighboring Syria, escalating foreign involvement in the battle for Aleppo, the biggest prize in five years of relentless civil war.

New footage emerged of civilians choking in the aftermath of an apparent attack with poison chlorine gas on an opposition-held district as the battle for Syria's biggest city approaches what could be a decisive phase.

Aleppo has been divided for years into government and rebel sectors, but President Bashar al-Assad's army has put the opposition areas under siege and now hopes to capture the whole city in what would be a devastating blow to his enemies.

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WNU Editor: These Iraqi Shiite militias have been in the Aleppo war theatre for a long time .... Iraqi militia parades in southern Aleppo (Long War Journal). There are also Iranian backed Lebanese militias in Aleppo .... Iraqi, Lebanese Militias Deploy to Syria's Aleppo (AP).

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