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Why are Iraq's paramilitaries turning on their own ranks?

Feb 18, 2019 - Washington Post Blogs

Earlier this month, Iraq's paramilitary group raided the home of and arrested one of its own - a prominent and longtime paramilitary leader, Aws al-Khafaji. The Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) - an umbrella organization of about 50 predominantly Shiite paramilitary groups - has initiated a crackdown on groups.

The purging reveals an emerging reality in Iraq: The paramilitary groups that fought together against the Islamic State are competing against each other for power, legitimacy and re...