Why is there so much intrigue in Iraq over Soleimani's death? - analysis


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Why is there so much intrigue in Iraq over Soleimani's death? - analysis
The Harakat al-Nujaba pro-Iranian militia blamed the US drone strike for Soleimani's death, but that's not the only theory.
Published: JUNE 23, 2022

Nasr al-Shammari, spokesman for the pro-Iranian militia Harakat al-Nujaba, slammed claims made by former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo while also addressing conspiracies inside Iraq. The report was published by Iran’s Fars News and reflects the continuing fears among pro-Iran groups that they have been infiltrated by “traitors” who feed intelligence to foreign services. The Nujaba movement is known for being one of the most anti-American groups in Iraq. Iranian-backed groups in Iraq have carried out rocket and drone attacks against US forces over the last three years, and Harakat al-Nujaba has been behind a number of such attacks and threats against the US.

In the Fars News interview, it appears that the Nujaba movement continues to blame “the traitors in the Iraqi intelligence service who were involved in the assassination of the martyrs Soleimani and Mohandes.” This refers to the US drone strike on IRGC Quds Force head Qasem Soleimani and Kata’ib Hezbollah head Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes in January 2020. Mohandes was a key figure in the pro-Iran militias in Iraq. Kata’ib Hezbollah has been involved in threats against Saudi Arabia and the pro-Iran militias also threaten Israel via its network in Syria and Lebanon. Some of them are close to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Soleimani helped guide this network.

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