The online hunt for Iraqi and Syrian militiamen in Europe

Europe’s unprecedented migrant crisis appears to have presented an opportunity for some Shiite militiamen fighting in the Middle East. Internet users believe they have spotted a handful of notorious fighters in photos of refugees in Europe. There is now a campaign to name and shame these alleged militiamen, as our Observer explains.

In Iraq, Shiite militiamen are fighting against the Islamic State group’s jihadists. In neighbouring Syria, they’re fighting alongside Bashar Al Assad’s army as the country sinks into an ever-deadlier conflict. Yet according to new photographic evidence, dozens may have also reached Europe by hiding among the tide of refugees pouring out of Syria.