Militias Beholden to Iran Complicate Future of Iraq

(New York, NY) – The future of Iraq remains complicated and challenged by the power of Shiite militias beholden to Iran. The Badr Organization, Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), and Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH)—the three most powerful militias—are part of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a government sanctioned umbrella group composed of predominantly Shiite fighters funded by and allied with Iran. Several of the groups fought extensively on behalf of Iran in Syria.

To learn more about the Badr Organization, please click here.
To learn more about Asaib Ahl al-Haq, please click here.
To learn more about Kata'ib Hezbollah, please click here.
To view the CEP report Iraq: Extremism and Counter-Extremism, please click here.


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