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Turkey Pushing for Own ‘Popular Mobilization’ Militia in Iraq

Turkish soldiers prepare the area Turkish flag is raised on February 22, 2015 in the Esme region of Aleppo. Anadolu/Fırat Yurdakul.

By: Salam Zeidan

Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Turkey is investing in the upcoming battle for the liberation of Mosul to expand its influence in Iraq. An increasing number of credible reports indicate this course of action, in the aftermath of the operation launched by the Iraqi government to retake Tikrit (the last major stronghold for Daesh before Mosul), with support from the Iranian Qods Force led by General Qassem Soleimani.

Lebanese Army Laying Siege to Fighters in the Eastern Hills Ahead of ‘Spring War’

A Lebanese army unit on patrol in Ersal on August 4, 2014. Al-Akhbar/Haitham Moussawi

By: Radwan Mortada

Published Friday, February 13, 2015

Negotiations to release the Lebanese soldiers being held prisoner in the hills of Ersal are ongoing and the issue is expected to see some progress. On the other hand, the army has laid siege to the fighters in the hills in preparation for a war that seems inevitable this spring in the hills of Ersal and Qalamoun.

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