Iraq moves to limit influence of militias

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s government moved yesterday night to control militias in the country, placing them under the full command of the Iraqi armed forces. In a decree, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said offices of militias that continue to operate independently within or outside Iraqi cities will be closed and any armed faction working “openly or secretly” against the new guidelines will be considered illegitimate. He said the militias will be subject to the same regulations as the army. More details in Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin.