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Who Is Qais Al-Khazali, The Iraqi Militia Leader Sanctioned By The US On December 6?

Who Is Qais Al-Khazali, The Iraqi Militia Leader Sanctioned By The US On December 6?
Qais Khazali
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Meghdad Madadi

Qais al-Khazali (قيس الخزعلي) was targeted by US sanctions on December 6, 2019. “The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated three leaders of Iran-backed militias in Iraq that opened fire on peaceful protests, killing dozens of innocent civilians.  OFAC designated Qais al-Khazali, Laith al-Khazali, and Husayn Falih ‘Aziz al-Lami pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818 for their involvement in serious human rights abuse in Iraq.  Additionally, OFAC designated Iraqi millionaire businessman Khamis Farhan al-Khanjar al-Issawi for bribing government officials and engaging in corruption at the expense of the Iraqi people.”

Khazali has a long history with the US. A one-time detainee at Camp Cropper he was known to Coalition Forces for years in Iraq as a threat and thorn in the side of the US. Since 2014 he played a role in the Popular Mobilization Units with his Asaib Ahl Al-Haq militia. He has been advocating for US forces to leave Iraq. He also travelled to Lebanon in December 2017 and met with Hezbollah and threatened Israel. He is also known for threats and attacks on Sunnis in Iraq…

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