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Congress: US Bill Calls for Blacklisting Iraq’s Badr Organization

Congress: US Bill Calls for Blacklisting Iraq’s Badr Organization

Saturday, 5 December, 2020 - 05:45
Iraqi demonstrators gather beneath a banner which reads "the fearful cannot bring about freedom" in Habboubi square, in the southern city of Nasiriyah in Dhi Qar province, on December 4, 2020, to express anger after followers of cleric Moqtada Sadr clashed with young protesters lately. (Photo by Asaad NIAZI / AFP)

The US Congress is seeking to enact new legislation that would sanction Iraq’s Badr Organization.

A copy of the bill, which was obtained by Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, says the organization is a political party that backs the Khomeinist revolution in Iran and hopes to import it to Iraq.

It says that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the Quds Force provide training, funding and arms to the group, which works directly with Lebanese Hezbollah, Iraqi Kataib Hezbollah, Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq, and many other designated terrorist organizations.

The bill says that the Badr group is currently led by Hadi Al-Amiri, who has been identified as one of the organizers of the 2019 US embassy attack in Iraq.

The Organization, according to the bill, is responsible for deadly attacks that have targeted Americans and their allies in Iraq, for human rights violations in Iraq, and for the execution of Sunni prisoners.

The legislation requires the US government to disclose whether US aid has directly or indirectly benefited the Badr Organization.

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