High-level pro-Iran militia commander in Iraq is killed by unknown gunmen


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High-level pro-Iran militia commander is assassinated in Iraq by unknown gunmen

  • PMF leader Taleb Abbas Ali al-Saedi was shot dead late on Saturday in Karbala
  • The shooters have not been identified and the US military has not commented
  • Al-Saedi was a prominent commander in Iraq’s pro-Iran Shiite militias

By Keith Griffith For Dailymail.com, 11 January 2020

A prominent pro-Iran militia commander has been killed by unidentified gunmen in Iraq.

High-level Popular Mobilization Forces leader Taleb Abbas Ali al-Saedi was shot dead late on Saturday in Karbala, a city about 62 miles southwest of Baghdad.

Local media reported that al-Saedi was ‘assassinated’ by unknown gunmen, but no further details about the shooters were immediately available.

Al-Saedi was the commander of the Karbala Brigades, a unit within the Iran-backed Shiite PMF umbrella group.

Karbala Brigades commander Taleb Abbas Ali al-Saedi’s government ID is seen. He was shot dead on Saturday in Karbala

U.S. Central Command, which oversees American military activity in the Middle East, did not immediately respond to an inquiry from DailyMail.com about the shooting.

It follows the January 3 U.S. drone strike that killed another PMF leader, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, alongside Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

Soleimani’s funeral procession made its way through last week through Karbala, a Shiite holy city where mourners raised the red flags of revenge upon his death.

The aftermath Soleimani’s death took a twist on Saturday, when Iran admitted that it had accidentally shot down a civilian passenger plane full of its own citizens amid a ‘revenge’ strike on U.S. forces that produced no casualties.

Iranians gathered in the streets of Tehran to demand the resignation of Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei after the regime admitted it had mistakenly shot down the plane.

Karbala is a Shiite hotbed. Last week, the funeral procession (above) for Qassem Soleimani passed through the city, and red flags of revenge were raised in anger at his death

Mourners escort the coffins of Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, during their funeral in Karbala, Iraq last Saturday

Angry crowds gathered on Saturday night in at least four locations in Tehran, chanting ‘death to liars’ and calling for the country’s supreme leader to step down over the tragic military blunder, video from the scene shows.

What began as mournful vigils for Iranian lives lost on the flight soon turned to outrage and protest against the regime, and riot police quickly cracked down, firing tear gas into the crowd.

‘Death to the Islamic Republic’ protesters chanted, as the regime’s security forces allegedly used ambulances to sneak heavily armed paramilitary police into the middle of crowds to disperse the demonstration.

Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 was carrying 176 people, at least 130 of them Iranian citizens, when it was shot down by hapless Iranian Revolutionary Guard air defense forces shortly after taking off from Tehran on January 8.

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