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U.S. To Designate Iran-Backed Iraqi Militia As Foreign Terrorist Organization

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U.S. To Designate Iran-Backed Iraqi Militia As Foreign Terrorist Organization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to designate an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia as a foreign terrorist organization, the State Department said on Friday, accusing the Asaib Ahl al-Haq group of being a violent proxy of Tehran.

The announcement in a statement from the agency followed a U.S. air strike early on Friday in Baghdad that killed Iran’s most prominent military commander, Qassem Soleimani. The attack was a dramatic escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran, for which Iran has promised vengeance.

The State Department also said on Friday that it had designated Qais al-Khazali, leader of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, and his brother Laith al-Khazali, another leader of the group, as specially designated global terrorists.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa-designation/u-s-to-designate-iran-backed-iraqi-militia-as-foreign-terrorist-organization-idUSKBN1Z220Y