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Counter-Terrorism Forces Take Greater Role In Iraq

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Al Monitor

Counter-Terrorism Forces Take Greater Role In Iraq

Iraq’s US-trained Counter-Terrorism Services have taken on a more prominent role in operations in recent weeks under the new government.

by Shelly Kittleson

Since Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was sworn in on May 7, the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) have taken part in several high-profile operations and seem ever more in the foreground of the country’s security efforts.

Their June 26 arrests of over a dozen Kataib Hezbollah (KH) fighters in a Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) headquarters in southern Baghdad sparked concern that the CTS might, however, end up targeted by Iran-linked factions.

This has not yet happened. The CTS have been widely praised as “heroes” since their key role in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) starting in 2014 and — though some Iran-linked factions say they are too close to the United States — for now the blame was placed squarely on the prime minister as well as the United States for its rumored involvement.

Read more: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/07/counter-terrorism-forces-iraq-pmu.html