US offers $10 m for information on Hezbollah commander in Iraq

Kawtharani has actually been promoted as a short-lived stand-in to direct Iraqi Shia militias up until an irreversible Iranian follower to Soleimani is selected [File: Mehdi Bolourian/WANA via Reuters]

The United States has actually provided to $10 m for information on Hezbollah commander Sheikh Mohammad al-Kawtharani, who was a partner of killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

Kawtharani was branded a “global terrorist” by the US in 2013, implicated of financing armed groups in Iraq and assisting transportation Iraqi fighters to Syria to sign up with President Bashar al-Assad’s effort to put down a revolt versus his guideline.


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Revealing the benefit, the US State Department stated Kawtharani had “taken over some of the political coordination of Iran-aligned paramilitary groups” previously arranged by Soleimani, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps commander assassinated in a US drone strike in Baghdad in January.

“In this capacity, he facilitates the actions of groups operating outside the control of the Government of Iraq that have violently suppressed protests, attacked foreign diplomatic missions, and engaged in wide-spread organised criminal activity,” it stated in a declaration.

The State Department stated it was providing the amount for information on Kawtharani’s activities, networks and partners as part of an effort to interrupt the “financial mechanisms” of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah.

The US has actually blamed Iran-backed armed groups for a number of attacks on its bases in Iraq.

Reuters reported in February that, according to 2 Iraqi sources and a senior Iraqi Shia Muslim leader, Kawtharani, for the time being, was viewed as the most ideal figure to direct Iraqi militias up until an irreversible Iranian follower might be selected, although he did not have Soleimani’s influence.

“Kawtharani has connections with the militia groups,” the Shia leader stated. “He was trusted by Soleimani, who used to depend and call on him to help him in crises and in meetings in Baghdad.”

Reuters news company

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