Phillip Smyth is a Soref Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he specializes in Iranian proxy groups and Shia militias. He created The Shia Militia Mapping Project in 2018 and is the author of “The Shiite Jihad In Syria and Its Regional Effects.” Smyth was the first to profile a number of Iranian-backed Shia militia groups that were eventually listed as terrorist organizations by the U.S. and British governments. He is currently working on a major study on Iran’s front groups in Iraq.
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In late February, U.S. warplanes struck targets in the Albu Kamal region of Syria, a zone on the country’s eastern border that is heavily used by Iranian-backed Shiite militias. The airstrikes weren't as insignificant as critics say.