Correspondent Ramita Navai investigates allegations that Iran-backed Shia militias in Iraq are targeting and killing critics with impunity.
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In “Iraq’s Assassins,” Navai, who has been tracking the rise and power of Shia militias and their ties to Iran for years, uncovers evidence of “kill lists” aimed not just at protestors, but businesspeople and politicians at all levels.
“These groups once fought to defend the country from ISIS, but have since expanded into a powerful political and economic force,” says Navai. “Against the backdrop of a surge in targeted assassinations of protesters, we’ve found that public officials are reluctant to criticize the militias — and that Iraqis say the militias have taken hold of power like never before.”
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