Shia Militias

war and conflict

Is Syria About to Become Iran's Vietnam?

The Iranian government has invested much blood and gold in the effort to prop up the Assad regime, but the conflict could turn out to be a quagmire that the Islamic Republic finds difficult to extricate itself, and its proxies, from.
Torie Rose DeGhett
10.7.15
war and conflict

Report Says Iraq’s Shia Militias Laid Waste to Tikrit After Kicking Out the Islamic State

A new report from Human Rights Watch accuses the government-backed militias of looting, extrajudicial killings, and destroying hundreds of homes and shops.
Atoosa Moinzadeh
9.20.15
Islamic State

Islamic State Releases New Footage Showing Scenes From Massacre of 1,700 Iraqi Troops

The militant group has released a 22-minute film that includes a mix of old and new footage of the carnage at the Camp Speicher military base in June 2014.
VICE News
7.12.15
middle east

24 Men Sentenced to Hang Over Camp Speicher Massacre

The sentence is in connection with the killings of hundreds of Shiite soldiers last year in northern Iraq, outside the former US military base.
VICE News
7.8.15
Opinion and Analysis

My Journey Inside the Islamic State

Filmmaker Medyan Dairieh spent three weeks alone, embedded with the Islamic State in June 2014, gaining unprecedented access into the heart of the self-proclaimed caliphate. Here he describes what he learned.
Medyan Dairieh
7.1.15
middle east

Gunmen Steal Body of Saddam Hussein’s Former Second in Command From Baghdad Airport

Sources told VICE News that armed men took the body of Tariq Aziz, once one of the most powerful members of Iraq’s Baath party, before it could be flown to Jordan on Thursday.
Samuel Oakford and Haider Kata
6.11.15
Opinion and Analysis

The Islamic State Is Here to Stay

Political realities, sectarian strife, military tactics — seemingly all signs indicate that despite the efforts of both regional and international coalitions, the Islamic State isn't going anywhere.
Ahmed S. Hashim
6.5.15
Islamic State

Sunni Sheikhs May Have Been Coerced Into Pledging Allegiance to the Islamic State

Doubts have been raised over oaths made by Sunni tribal leaders in Anbar, Iraq’s largest province. But either way it was a public relations coup for the Islamic State.
Samuel Oakford
6.5.15
iraq

Selling Weapons: It's Good for Business (Excerpt from 'Rearming Iraq')

In this excerpt, VICE News speaks with representatives from arms manufacturers as well as a US military general overseeing foreign military sales about current business in the Middle East.
VICE News
6.1.15
vice

"Terrorists" Take Over the Stage (Extra Scene from 'Rearming Iraq')

In this extra scene, we catch a glimpse of the opening ceremony at IDEX and speak with a CEO from Saudi Automotive Development Company about the arms race in the Middle East.
VICE News
5.27.15
vice

Rearming Iraq: The New Arms Race

The United States remains the largest exporter of weapons to the Middle East. VICE News travels to Abu Dhabi to examine the competition between arms manufacturers wanting a bigger part of the lucrative market.
VICE News
5.19.15
war and conflict

Islamic State’s Capture of Ramadi May Signal Larger Role for Iraq’s Militias as Conflict Continues

Experts say the spectacular defeat of Iraqi security forces on Sunday could cement Washington and Baghdad's reliance on Shia militias and their Iranian backers in the fight against the militants.
Samuel Oakford
5.19.15
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