10 April 2017: Iraqi Communist Party's Qadisiyah office was attacked by grenades.
10 April 2017: Left leaning students in Qadisiyah University had protested Qais al-Khaza'ali's visit today. It doesn't take a genius to guess who did this.
14 May 2017:
On Sunday some 180 Christian families filed a lawsuit against Mousawi who said in a televised interview that the Christians in Iraq which is a Muslim country should be treated as dhimmis. He added if they refuse to observe the instruction, they should be killed.
19 May 2017: Ministry of interior issues arrest warrants for Shi'a militiamen who clashed with Federal Policemen in Palestine St. in Baghdad last night.
20 May 2017: Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi Compares Shiite Militias to ISIS: We Did Not Fight the Baath Regime Only to Be Ruled by Gangs
29 May 2017: The YBŞ supported the Hashd forces in the Siba Sheikh Khider area, but the Hashd (main Hashd al-Sha'bi commanders—not Yazidi Hashd)
< did not allow the YBŞ into the town of Siba. First, the Hashd commanders had a problem with the YBŞ's female units (YJŞ).
5) In a meeting attended by YBŞ fighters, Hashd commanders said "It is forbidden by the shari'a for women to fight in the ranks of military"
6) Later, after noticing some PKK guerillas among the YBŞ forces, the Hashd chose not to allow the YBŞ fighters to enter Siba, at all.
July 2017: Shia militias in Tikrit ban weddings in Muharram
Aug 2017: Muhandis & friends try to undercut Sistani's shrine volunteers wherever they can: by de-funding/disarming them, by criticizing their leaders
armed men took over the provincial headquarters on Aug. 27 to prevent the firing of Gov. Muthanna al-Tamimi, of the Shiite Badr Organization
That corresponds with reports on Aug. 12 that PMU units had caused massive destruction in Al-Muqdadiyah, including setting fire to orchards, as part of a plan to engineer demographic change in the area in favor of the Shiites.
4 Sep 2017: Najaf-based Shiite cleric Fadel al-Bedeiri: The Lebanese Hezbollah tried to kill me following my criticism of its recent agreement with ISIS
Sep 2017: Shia and Kurd militias bar Sunni Arabs from returning to homes in strategic areas
14 Sep 2017: Islamic Republic of #Iran renovates a school & changes its name to "Imam Khomeini" in the Assyrian [Christian] town of Bartella near #Mosul.
Dec 2017: Iranian proxies in the #NinevehPlains. "Iran is using its proven strategy of co-opting local militias to encroach on Iraq’s Christian heartland.
The Babylon Brigade
The 1,000-strong Babylon Brigade is operationally part of the PMU umbrella, the volunteer forces formed by fatwa when ISIS neared Baghdad. Although it is currently led by Christian quasi-celebrity and former Mahdi Army affiliate Rayan al-Kildani, the Babylon Brigade is composed mostly of Shi‘a Arabs and Shabak not native to the area, and is supported by the Iran-backed Badr Organization. The Brigade did not participate in the battle for the Nineveh Plains, and it was only during the battle for Mosul that they positioned themselves in the town of Tel Kayf, right outside of the city.
Very little is known about the origins or inner workings of the Brigade. The PMU touts Al-Kildani as an example of its diversity and of the willingness among Shi‘a to include Christians in the country’s post-ISIS makeup. However, for many Christians, the pictures of al-Kildani on social media receiving the Eucharist or praying in a church are disingenuous attempts to highlight his Christian heritage and therefore his legitimacy as a Christian leader.
Their distrust of him is reasonable. At the beginning of the battle for Mosul, the Brigade became embroiled in controversy when a video of al-Kildani was released in which he tells Brigade members that the battle will be revenge against “the descendants of Yezid [a historical figure reviled by Shi‘a],” exacted upon the citizens of Mosul. This led the Chaldean Patriarch, head of the largest Christian church in Iraq, to assert that al-Kildani “does not represent Christians in any way. His deplorable statements are aimed at creating abhorrent sectarian strife.” Al-Kildani’s reference to Yezid and other statements have fueled rumors that he is a crypto-Muslim or the son of a convert.
The Babylon Brigade’s actions on the Nineveh Plains are of serious concern as well. In July 2017, member of the Babylon Brigade were caught stealing ancient artifacts from the Mar Behnam Monastery and nearby homes. The Nineveh Plains Units (NPU), a 500-strong militia aligned with a pro-Baghdad Christian political party that runs security in the Al-Hamdaniya District of the Plains, arrested six members of the Brigade in response. The Brigade responded by teaming up with another local PMU force to attack the place where the prisoners were being held captive, stealing several of the NPU’s weapons and vehicles in the process. In response to the incident, the Iraqi Prime Minister’s Office and the PMU High Command expelled the Babylon Brigade from the entire district.
In addition, al-Kildani has reportedly hosted leading Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in the Nineveh Plains. Al-Kildani has also photographed himself with the pro-Iranian politician Hadi al-Ameri of the Badr Brigade and U.S.-designated terrorists Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis of Kataeb Hezbollah and Qais Khazali of the League of the Righteous. In April of 2017, al-Kildani was hosted in Tehran by Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq and Qods Force commander, Iraj Masjedi. Using its “Christian” identity as a pretext, Iranian leaders have been able to use the Babylon Brigade to guarantee that they will have a say in Northern Iraq.
The Shi‘a Shabak
The Iranian regime has also been working to empower Shabak PMU forces and populations. Traditionally concentrated in the district of Hamdaniya and Mosul city, the Shabak have been historically treated as a separate ethno-religious group with a unique language. However, the community has faced severe pressure to submit to either an Arab or Kurdish ethnic identity.
The Shabak leadership is divided into pro-KRG and pro-Baghdad parties, each with their own militias affiliated with the two major powers. Sunni Shabaks (around 30 percent) generally support the KRG, while Shi‘a Shabak (around 70 percent) remain aligned with the central government and PMU leadership, including the powerful Iran-backed Badr Organization. The Shabak Democratic Gathering party, which advocates the formation of a separate Nineveh Plains province, is led by Dr. Hunain al-Qaddo, a member of Iraq’s Council of Representatives and an ally of Nouri al-Maliki’s State of Law block as well as the pro-Iranian Badr Organization.
Since the liberation of the Nineveh Plains from ISIS, Shabak have been buying homes and other properties with offers many desperately impoverished Christian refugees cannot refuse. The building of an Iranian-funded school in Bartella named after the Iranian Imam Khomeini further intensifies Christian fears of encroachment. Many Christians believe that the Shabak are being funded by an outside source, namely the Badr Organization, in a deliberate attempt to drive them out of their towns and change the ethnic makeup of the Nineveh Plains.
Lately, the Shabak PMU has been encroaching on Christian towns, with the encouragement of its Iranian backers. The operations of these fighters are not yet well understood, but Shabak militias based out of smaller Shabak towns and Bartella are viewed negatively by Christian forces. Their growing financial and military presence in traditionally Christian areas of the Nineveh Plains has complicated efforts to stabilize liberated communities. In much the same way as they made inroads into the Turkmen community, capitalizing on that relationship during recent events in Kirkuk and other disputed territories, Iran’s leaders are attempting to use the Shabak as their proxies in Northern Iraq.
At a checkpoint near the entrance of Syriac Christian town of Bartella – a poster of the Virgin Mary last month was ripped down and replaced with a side-by-side image of Khomeini and his successor, Ayatollah Khamenei.
In Iraq’s largest Christian town of Qaraqosh in the Al-Hamdania district of the Nineveh Governorate, Christian activists bemoaned that their small university – Al-Hamdania University – was recently directed, as per the federal government education ministry, to accept upwards of 180 mostly Shia students from central and southern Iraq, prompting protest from locals who feared having to give over their properties to the new influx.
16 Dec 2017: Five Christians wounded as Shia-led troops open fire against protesters in Nineveh
24 Dec 2017:
28 Jan 2018:
Jan. 28 attack on Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai, a representative of top Shiite cleric Ali al-Sistani, was no surprise. Those familiar with attacks on religious authorities in Iraq believe the incident, which took place while Karbalai delivered a Friday sermon, was orchestrated by Shiite groups that defected from the Najaf authority. Karbala Gov. Aqeel al-Turaihi stated Jan. 27, “Deviant groups were behind the attack."
March 2018: [The Lost Generation of Iraqi Youth, VICE on HBO, Full Episode]
Sheikh Qasim al-Tae (Shia cleric): "Killing for us is a habit and our wish to God is martyrdom...Let however gets killed be killed. I already said, killing for us is a habit. We are not affected by killings. The life is a passage for us"
8 Feb 2017: Iraq army, Shia militias execute Sunnis in east Mosul
May 2017: EXCLUSIVE: Iraqi photojournalist risks his life to expose torture used by some elite Iraqi soldiers fighting ISIS. http://abcn.ws/2rUko8Z
June 2017: Abu Azrael's videos of torturing corpses
June 2017: Iranian fighter chopping off the head of a dead ISIS fighter,with an axe;Iraq,near Mosul(English sub,blurred)org vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xugmChJjzyE