Lebanon’s Hezbollah mourned on May 5 one of his fighters, Mohamad Hassan Mahdi, from the town of Ali Al Nahri in the Beqaa Governorate.
In an official statement, Hezbollah said Mahdi, who was known by his nom de guerre “Ashraf,” was killed while “carrying out his Jihad duty.” The group provided no further details on how Mahdi was killed or where.
However, janoubia, a Lebanese blog, revealed that Mahdi was embedded in the ranks of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in Iraq. He was allegedly killed in one of ISIS’ recent attacks on the PMU.
ISIS launched a series of coordinated, large-scale attacks on government forces in different parts of Iraq over the last few days. Dozens of Iraqi service members were killed or injured.
Hezbollah has been operating in Iraq for several years now. Recently, the U.S. offered a reward of up to $10 million for information on Muhammad Kawtharani, the group’s top official in Iraq.
Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General, acknowledged the presence of his group in Iraq in several speeches. Hezbollah fighters there are advising and training fighters of the PMU to counter ISIS.
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