From Tehran to Beirut: Shia militias aim to firm up Iran's arc of influence

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Iranian plans to secure ground routes across Iraq and Syria and being shored up by proxies driving Isis from the region

The town of Ba’aj is deserted and broken. Its streets are blocked by overturned cars, its shops are shuttered and the iron gates of its ravaged homes groan in a scorching wind.

Amid the wreckage, though, are the signs of new arrivals – forces who less than a week earlier chased Islamic State (Isis) from one of its most important territories in northern Iraq.

Related: Booby-traps … but no Baghdadi: the men cleaning up after Isis in northern Iraq

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