On June 25, Iraqi forces arrested 14 militants belonging to the Iran-backed Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH) in an anti-terrorism raid ordered by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. The KH members were allegedly planning an attack on Baghdad’s Green Zone, which houses the U.S. Embassy and other diplomatic compounds. Shortly after the arrest, a “show of force” from KH resulted in the detainees’ release to the Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). The following week, prominent Iraqi security analyst Hisham al-Hashimi was assassinated. KH had reportedly threatened Hashimi in November and again two weeks ago.
CEP released updated resources on three of Iraq's most powerful Shiite militias, part of a government sanctioned umbrella group that is heavily funded by and beholden to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Several of the groups have fought extensively on Iran's behalf in Syria.
CEP released updated resources on three powerful Iraqi Shiite militias. One of the Iranian-backed Shiite militias is reportedly responsible for the disappearance of three Americans from an apartment in Baghdad on January 15.
As the Iraqi army suffers setbacks in its battle against ISIS, Shiite militias, anti-American and anti-Sunni, have become a key element in Iraq's military strategy. CEP profiles three of the most powerful Shiite militias, the Badr Organization, Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), and Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH).