09 Feb '18, 2pm

Iran-backed militias obtained 9 US-made Abrams tanks in Iraq, report says - News - Stripes

During the chaotic battle with the Islamic State, Iran-backed militias got their hands on M1A1 Abrams tanks the United States originally provided to the Iraqi army, a Pentagon watchdog has found. A quarterly Inspector General report on the anti-Islamic State mission released last week cited reports that the militias, known as Popular Mobilization Forces, or PMF, had obtained up to nine of the tanks. The PMF, considered part of the Iraqi security forces, seized some from ISIS in Tikrit in 2015 and Mosul last year. The Shiite paramilitary groups used Abrams tanks against Kurds in northern Iraq last fall, according to Kurdish officials, which led U.S. lawmakers to threaten to curtail military aid to Iraq. The Iraqi government had regained control of at least some of the tanks since October, the document said, while other media reports say they were all returned. When an Iraqi...

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