Another pro-Iranian Shiite armed group called “Saraya al-Muntaqim” [the Avenger Regiments] has been formed in Iraq.
The group announced its formation in an official statement released on September 12. In its first statement, the group vowed to fight U.S. forces in Iraq.
“We will shake the ground under the feet of the occupiers [U.S. forces], and our weapons will reach their stinking dens and meager convoys,” the statement reads.
Saraya al-Muntaqim also promised to avenge Iranian Quds Force Commander, Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Deputy-Commander of the Popular Mobilization Units. The two commanders were killed in a U.S. drone strike on January 3.
The assassination of Soleimani and al-Muhandis provoked a new wave of attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq. Dozens of attacks have been carried out since January.
The recent attacks were carried out by newly-formed pro-Iranian Shiite armed group, such as Usbat al-Tha’ireen, the al-Muhandis’ Revenge Brigade, the Zulfiqar Force and the Islamic Resistance in Iraq – ‘Ashab al-Kahf.
It remains unclear if these new groups are receiving support from the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or its Iraqi allies, like Kata’ib Hezbollah.
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