Designating several Shia militia groups by the State Department as a terrorist group and killing Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis made Iran-backed Shia militias rethink their strategies and appearances in Iraq. As the record shows, between January 2020 to October 2020, nine different Shia militia groups with various names have been established in Iraq. They all mutually agreed to counter the U.S. forces and interests in Iraq in retaliation for killing Soleimani and Muhandis in early 2020.
Among these nine militia groups that have appeared in Iraq this year, Rab’ Allah has made a name for itself threatening to retaliate against Americans. Their attacks were in response to the killing of Soleimani and Muhandis and attacking several other opposing groups, including burning down the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)’s main office in central Baghdad. Also, the group has already taken responsibility for several other attacks toward other opposing groups.
Rab’ Allah is a newly organized Shia militia group with tens of members mostly from already established Iran-backed Shia militias in Iraq. The majority of its members consist mainly of other Shia militia groups, including Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, Kata’ib al-Imam Ali, Kata’ib Hezbollah, Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, and Saraya al-Khorasani. This group officially does not have, or at least not known to have any offices in Iraq, but has a strong online influence within the social media where they made numerous declarations…
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