‘ Middle East is Ruled by Militias That Have Risen Since Arab Spring ‘
#AceNewsServices (Opinion) – October 14 – Embattled governments in Iraq and Syria have come to rely on Shiite militias as their armies have crumbled in the face of mostly Sunni insurgents and rebels.
In Libya, various armed groups loosely allied with two rival governments have fought over bullet-riddled airports.
Shiite rebels in Yemen have swept down from the north, capturing the capital and, on Tuesday, a key port city.
The chaos unleashed by the Arab Spring has led to the rise of powerful militias – including many Islamic extremist groups – across a Middle East where many central governments have been exposed as weak.
Some of the groups are allied with the governments, while others are fighting to topple them.
Some – like the Kurdish peshmerga in northern Iraq – are seen as vital allies for the West.
All could prove to be major obstacles to peace or stability in the region.