Manufacturing Examination


Al-Lami is the head of security for Iraq’s state paramilitary grouping and a one-time member of the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah armed group. The source close to him denied he had any formal ties to Iran or the armed groups it supports. He was put under US sanctions in 2019 for his alleged role, first reported by Reuters, in ordering the use of lethal force against anti-government protesters. Al-Lami has since denied any role in the killing of peaceful demonstrators. The tenure of al-Kadhimi, who took office in May, has been marked by a face-off between his government and parts of the armed forces on one side, and Iran-aligned militias on the other. The US killing of Iranian military mastermind Qassem Soleimani and the Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a drone attack in Baghdad in January left the militias in disarray earlier this year. Al-Kadhimi has sided with the US in efforts to weaken Iran-aligned Shia Muslim groups that have grown to dominate Iraq’s economy and state institutions since the US-led overthrow of Sunni ruler Saddam Hussein in 2003. The US state department declined to comment, Reuters said. Al-Kadhimi has made security sector reform a priority, focusing on a reshuffle of top state security posts. Yet, the US and Iraqi officials say the militias continue to target the 3,000 or have a peek at this site so remaining US troops based in Iraq. Some lesser-known militia groups said they were behind rocket attacks on the US embassy in Baghdad.