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Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq

Designated as a "Special Group" by the United States Military

Base of operations: Syria, Iraq

Background: Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi
Background: Guardian

An Iranian proxy militia that originated in 2004 as a split from Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army, Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq's name translates as "League of People of Righteousness" and the group is led by Qais al-Khazali. Since Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki's re-election as prime minister in 2010 and the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, the group's power has greatly grown, with close ties developed with Maliki's office as Maliki saw Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq as useful to play off against the Sadrists. Thus, the group has acquired a virtually untouchable status in areas like Basra (where it has supplanted the influence of the Mahdi Army) and can be readily seen using elite military equipment and vehicles without objection, even as concerns have been raised about Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq carrying out sectarian cleansing in the ethnically mixed province of Diyala since at least 2013. As an Iranian proxy, Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq has had a contingent fighting in Syria, Liwa Kafeel Zainab. It has also been participating in the fighting in Anbar and elsewhere in Iraq since the revival of the wider Sunni insurgency at the start of 2014. The group also has political and media wings. The former is known as the Sadiqun Bloc, which won a single seat in Iraq's 2014 parliamentary elections.

Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq Armpatch
Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq Emblem
Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq fighter in SWAT gear
Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq: Al-Sadiqun Bloc
Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq: Liwa Kafeel Zainab
Asaib Ahl al-Haq: Al-Ahad TV
Iranian Proxy Militias in Iraq and Lebanon
Iraq: Unity of Shi'a Militias
Shi'a Jihadi Slogan: Ali Madad
Shi'a Jihadi Slogan: Labbayk Ya Zainab
Shi'a Jihadi Slogan: Ya Hussein
Shi'a Symbol: Ayatollah Muhammad Muhammad Sadeq al-Sadr
Shi'a Symbol: Imam Ali Portrait

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