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Among the thousands of militia fighters who flocked to northern Iraq to battle the militant group ISIS over the summer was Qais al-Khazali.Thanks to his position he is one of the most feared and respected militia leaders in Iraq, and one of Iran's most important representatives in the country.His militia is one of three small Iraqi Shiite armies, all backed by Iran, which together have become the most powerful military force in Iraq since the collapse of the national army in June.That was clear this summer, when fighters from all three militias took on ISIS.The fighters set up an operations room to coordinate with the Iraqi army, the other militia groups, and advisers from the Quds Force, the branch of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that handles operations outside Iran and oversees Tehran's Iraqi militias.
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