Muqtada al-Sadr withdraws militia from front line of fight against ISIS: Washington Post article

Dated: 17 Feb 2015

Original source (English): http://goo.gl/WsoV3k

Authors: Loveday Morris and Mustafa Salim

Discusses decision by Muqtada to freeze the activities of his militias the Peace Brigades and the Promised Day Brigade following killing of a Sunni tribal leader and eight of his entourage.

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“Smyth estimates the strength of the Peace Brigades at 25,000 to 40,000 fighters. It was formed with much fanfare in June, when tens of thousands of militiamen paraded with assault rifles, rockets and improvised explosive devices through the Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City.

The Promised Day Brigade was created when Sadr froze the activities of the larger Mahdi Army in 2008.

Although Shiite militias have been leading the fight against the Islamic State, Sadr’s affiliates have played a less prominent role. When they were formed, he said their main role was to protect Iraq’s shrines, though the groups have taken part in major operations, including the capture of Jurf al-Sakhar, a Sunni area south of Baghdad, from Islamic State militants.”

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