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iraqi ghost militias

Tags: hashd al-shaabi (PMF), articles

As of April 17th, 2020, 3 new unknown militia groups have appeared:

  • Usbat Al-Thaereen
  • Ashab Al-Kahf
  • Qabdat Al-Hoda

Usbat Al-Thaereen

  • The establishment of Usbat al-Thaereen, as it claimed responsibility for the latest attacks on U.S. bases, will heighten tensions between Washington and Tehran.

    • By Sunday evening, a video emerged online from a group called “Usbat al-Tha’ireen” (The League of Revolutionaries), claiming that their members conducted both recent attacks on Camp Taji
  • First released statement on March 18th

  • Very similar to kataib hezbollah (kh), harakat hezbollah al-nujaba and kataib sayyid al-shuhada

  • Unknown if new or existing PMF members and within which framework

  • Perhaps a new missle unit?

  • Mystery shrouding to prevent being targeted?

  • After the killing of Soleimani, Ali Shamkhani, secretary-general of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, said: “We will establish a new armed group of more than 2,000 people in the region. The main function of this group of mujahideen is to remove U.S. forces from the region."