IRAQ

ISIS vs. Iran: Shiite Militias Liberate Iraqi Town

Jan 30, 2015 at 2:07 PM ET

Scroll to 2:07 to see Vocativ’s footage.

Duloiaya, Iraq, is a Sunni town that had been under ISIS’ control for months. On Dec. 29, 2014, the siege was broken by the Badr Organization, a Shiite militia that receives money and weapons from Iran. “If it weren’t for Iran, ISIS would control all of Iraq,” commander Hadi al-Amiri tells us.

Vocativ was there as thousands of Sunni civilians and militiamen celebrated in the streets. But the militias aren’t without their critics. A parliamentary member tells us that the militias are doing some of the same bad things ISIS is accused of, namely stealing homes and stealing money. “Iran sends fighters heavily equipped with weapons,” he says. “We know why…it’s because they want to control Iraq.”