Jordan has offered guns and training to tribal leaders in western and northern Iraq in an effort to counter the Islamic State group and offset Iranian influence in the country, sources have told al-Araby al-Jadeed.

Leaders say that Jordan recently has received delegations from Anbar, and that the iniative is supported by Saudi Arabia. The tribes are mostly Sunni but sources spoken to by al-Araby insist Arab states are not attempting to create a new alliance along sectarian grounds.

However, both Saudi Arabia and Jordan concerned by the rise of the “Popular Mobilisation” Shia militias who are aligned with Iran. […]