28 Jan '15, 10pm

Iraqi Shia militia spotted with Abrams tank

Iraqi Shia militia spotted with Abrams tank

In an apparent reflection of the growing power of Iraq's pro-Iranian militias, an M1A1 Abrams tank has been spotted in videos showing a large convoy of vehicles operated by Kataib Hizbullah. The videos were released on 25 January on YouTube channels that are supportive of Kataib Hizbullah, a Shia militant group that emerged as a major threat to US and British forces during the 2003-11 period and has been fighting alongside the Iraqi Army against the Islamic State militant group in recent months. The same convoy appears to have been the same one that was seen in a photograph released by Iran's AhlulBayt News Agency on 16 January. The news agency reported that it was taken in the Al-Rahhaliyah area in the western province of Al-Anbar, which is largely controlled by Sunni militant groups. The convoy was made up of at least 130 vehicles, almost all of them flying the group's d...

Full article: http://www.janes.com/article/48411/iraqi-shia-militia-spo...

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