Report: Hizbullah Training Iraqi Military Volunteers in Fight against IS

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Hizbullah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are cooperating in the training process of Iraqi Shiite volunteers, who are waging a war against the Islamic State in their country.

The Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper reported on Thursday that Hizbullah is conveying its expertise to the Iraqi fighters to combat IS.

An Iraqi source told the newspaper that “the training has been fruitful.”

“We need more military training, which is still at its beginning and will not end as long as the dangers posed by the IS on Iraq, Lebanon and Syria are ongoing,” the source added.

Iraqi Shiite volunteers, who had been fighting in neighboring Syria, have been heading home to battle an offensive that has brought militants to near Baghdad.

Iraqi clerics had recently called for the formation of units to defend religious sites in Iraq after the IS group controlled roughly a third of Iraq and Syria, including several strategically important cities like Fallujah and Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria.

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