Tribesmen, Hashd al-Shaabi Clash in Iraq's Saladin

Published August 2nd, 2018 - 03:26 GMT
Hashd al-Shaabi fighters in Tal Afar. (AFP/File photo)
Hashd al-Shaabi fighters in Tal Afar. (AFP/File photo)

Clashes erupted Wednesday evening between armed tribesmen and army-affiliated Hashd al-Shaabi fighters in Iraq’s northern Saladin province, according to security sources.

“Fierce clashes erupted between members of the Al-Khazraj tribe and the Asaib Ahl al-Haq -- a militant faction of the Hashd al-Shaabi -- in the Al-Dujail district [located some 120 kilometers south of provincial capital Tikrit],” Police Lieutenant Numaan al-Jubouri said.

No casualties have been reported as a result of the clashes, which remain ongoing, he said.

According to al-Jubouri, fighting broke out after two Al-Khazraj leaders were abducted by militants who had set up a fake security checkpoint outside the Al-Dujail district.

The Al-Khazraj tribe, which has both Sunni and Shia members, accuses the Asaib Ahl al-Haq of kidnapping the two tribesmen.

It remains unclear, however, whether the faction was, in fact, responsible for the abductions.

Led by Qais al-Khazali (known for having close links to Iran), the Asaib Ahl al-Haq is one of the Hashd al-Shaabi’s more militant factions.

The Hashd al-Shaabi, a predominantly Shia fighting force drawn up in 2014 to fight the Daesh terrorist group, was incorporated into the Iraqi Armed Forces last year.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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