Iraqi Hizballah Brigades Commander On Telegram: Islamic Resistance Advisors Stand Ready To Advise, Train 'Liberation Movements' Within 'The Non-United States Of America'

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January 13, 2021

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On January 13, 2021, Abu 'Ali Al-'Askari, the military commander of the Iran-backed Shi'ite militia Hizbullah Brigades (KH), shared a post on his Telegram channel [1] announcing that "the advisors of the Islamic resistance" are ready to offer counsel and training to what he called "the liberation movements" within the United States, and that special locations will be secured for that purpose. His statement comes after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol last week, and indicates that the Iran-backed militias in Iraq are seeking to take advantage of recent domestic events in the U.S. to promote their agenda and encourage civil unrest.

Al-'Askari wrote: "In the name of [Allah] Almighty, the security advisors of the Islamic resistance stand ready to offer counsel and direct and indirect training to liberation movements within the Non-United States of America, with special locations being secured for that purpose." The post ended with the English words: "N-USA The End."

The KH commander is known for issuing repeated threats against U.S. interests in Iraq, including the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.[2] He was also reportedly involved in the smuggling of weapons and rockets from Iraq into Syria.[3]

Recently, several Telegram channels affiliated with Iran-backed Shi'ite militias in Iraq have gloated over the recent violence in the U.S. Capitol and expressed hopes that more violence will ensue, plunging the country into chaos and pitting communities on each side of the political spectrum against each other. They implied that the events were divine punishment for the U.S. administration's involvement in the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.[4]

 

[1] Telegram, January 13, 2021.

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