Date: 8th September, 2020
Tahsin Osamah Al-Shahmani, a prominent political activist, was shot dead on August 14, 2020, in the Jeneina area of Basra. Tahsin’s friends consider that he was the latest victim in a campaign of assassinations under way by the pro-Iran Shia militias in Iraq, intended to terrorise and silence their political opponents.
MECRA’s Iraq correspondent interviewed a close friend of Tahsin al-Shahmani, who was among the last people to see him alive. In the interview, Tahsin’s friend reveals hitherto unknown details regarding the murder. We include below two other testimonies from individuals who have been subjected to threats and intimidation by the militias. Taken together, these testimonies confirm that an organized campaign of political murder by the IRGC-associated Shia militias in Iraq is currently taking place.
Testimony of D, a close personal friend of Tahsin al-Shahmani
I knew Tahsin since 2011. We were both involved in a protest movement at that time. We were together at the tent encampment in front of the Basra governor’s building in 2015. We had many threats and attacks from militia and gunmen during all this time…
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