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02/01/2022 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – In the crisis-torn country of Iraq, a recent interview with the leader of Asaib Ahl al Haq, an Iraqi-based radical group in support of Iran, suggested the group’s role in the deteriorating security situation. Qais al Khazali told BBC Persian that the resistance group is established and willing to continue its efforts so long as there is U.S. involvement.

The group’s leader also commented on Iraq’s appointed Parliament speaker saying, “We decide based on our internal interest…we continue rejecting the results of this election…& Iranian parliament speaker’s message won’t change it…This is clear evidence of our independence in our decisions.”

A few days later, the home of Parliament speaker, Mohammed al-Halbusi, was targeted by at least three rockets reportedly originating from Iran-linked armed factions. Though he was not in the area at the time, Halbusi has been threatened repeatedly by Iranian-linked groups, including Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah.

Iranian groups have recently posted many flyers and paintings of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Qasem Soleimani and PMU commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Iraq, the deaths of whom incited promises of revenge by Iran-linked factions.

The foreign influence and interference by Iran in Iraq pose a continued risk for Christians and other minorities who have bravely stayed throughout the last years of conflict or are seeking to return to their homes.

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