The story: Baghdad is joining its neighbors in aiding Ankara and Damascus following the Feb. 6 earthquakes that have devastated southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria. In parallel, Iraqi Shiite armed groups which have been active in Syria since the outbreak of civil conflict in 2011 are seemingly capitalizing on their foothold to separately provide relief—and accusing the US of hindering the inflow of humanitarian aid.
The coverage: The combined death toll from the 7.8 and 7.5 magnitude quakes has risen above 20,000. More than 17,000 of these fatalities have been reported in Turkey.
Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) on Feb. 7 provided “logistical support and...
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