On February 21 reports indicated that Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was killed in a US airstrike on January 3, would finally be replaced in his position as deputy of the Hashd al-Shaabi. Abu Fadak ( أبو فدك) whose real name is Abdul-Aziz al-Muhammadawi (عبد العزيز المحمداوي), formerly close to the Badr Organization, with extensive experience in the 1980s and involved in other operations, will be his replacement.
Some noted that not much was known about him. However others noted that he was one of the “experienced field commanders and former Secretary-General of Iraq’s Kataib Hezbollah, known as ‘Khal (uncle)’ among some Iraqis.” Several noted that he was “a former Secretary General of Kataib Hezbollah.” A source notes, “he joined Badr in 1983. he’s been active in military operations since 1985 and was Secretary-General of Kata’ib Hezbollah until now.” He was involved with intelligence and advising Hadi al-Amiri in the past. Where did he get the nickname “khal”? The word was spray painted on walls during the protest at the US embassy in late December 2019. He may have been photographed behind Abu Mahdi in recent months, and appears in a photo with Soleimani…
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