Iraq military cracks down on militias, arms smuggling

July 3, 2011 19:35


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BAGHDAD - Iraq has launched a military crackdown on smuggling gangs, al-Qaida militants and Shi'ite militias responsible for recent attacks US forces, security officials said on Sunday.

Triggered in part by a spate of attacks on US forces last month, the crackdown aims to staunch the flow of illegal weapons into mainly Shi'ite southern Iraq from Shi'ite neighbor Iran.

In one of the largest offensives, about 3,000 Iraqi troops and police were mobilized against militias and smugglers in southern Maysan province, a provincial official said.

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