Shiite militias join the battle as Iraqis push toward Mosul

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Source: LA Times

State-sanctioned Shiite Muslim militias joined Iraq’s Mosul offensive on Saturday with a pre-dawn assault to the west, where they hope to complete the encirclement of theIslamic State-held city and sever supply lines from neighboring Syria

The involvement of the Iranian-backed Shiite militias has raised concerns that the battle for Mosul, a Sunni-majority city, could aggravate sectarian tensions. Rights groups have accused the militias of abuses against civilians in other Sunni areas retaken from IS, accusations the militia leaders deny.

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