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Kata'ib al-Imam al-Gha'ib

Not yet designated terrorist by a Western country
Base of operations: Iraq

Kata'ib al-Imam al-Gha'ib ('The Absent Imam Battalions', with 'al-Imam al-Gha'ib' referring to Imam Mehdi in Shi'a Islam) is a Shi'a militia operating in Iraq. Like 'Hezbollah the Mujahideen in Iraq' et al., it identifies as a 'Hezbollah' brand, using the group's imagery in some of its symbols, and members have been seen holding a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. The exact relationship with the more well-known Iranian proxy Kata'ib Hezbollah is unclear. According to one Kata'ib al-Imam al-Gha'ib source, there was a link between Kata'ib al-Imam al-Gha'ib and "[Kata'ib] Hezbollah" but as of January 2015 has now become an independent group. The most notable claimed areas of operation have been Fallujah and Samarra. The leader is one "Abu Dhir al-Fiqar."

Kata'ib al-Imam al-Gha'ib Billboard
Kata'ib al-Imam al-Gha'ib Emblem and Flag
Kata'ib al-Imam al-Gha'ib Graffiti
Kata'ib al-Imam al-Gha'ib Graphic
Kata'ib al-Imam al-Gha'ib Insignia
Kata'ib al-Imam al-Gha'ib Insignia
Kata'ib al-Imam al-Gha'ib Training Camp
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