According to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Shi’ite on Shi’ite conflict in Iraq has been escalating amidst fierce parliamentary and government clashes. Iraqi sources stated that they fear the clashes may turn into a military conflict, as scores of militias and Shi’ite conflicting parties roam the streets of Iraqi cities fighting for dominance.
Sources confirmed that militias affiliated with National Iraqi Alliance (NIA), which is largely composed of Shi’ite Islamist parties, have gained influence across the Iraqi street. In light of the mounting tension among Shi’ite components in the Iraqi administration, mercenaries left loose on the streets are dreaded to spiral matters from bad to worse.
Most concerns have risen after a number of Shi’ite party leaderships made high-toned threats against the current Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who had recently signed on the resignation of NIA ministers without negotiating their stay.
Abadi had accepted the resignation of Iraqi Minister of Interior Mohammed Al-Ghabban, Finance Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, Minister of Transport Baqir Jabr al-Zubeidi and three other Sadrist party ministers.