Friday, January 3, 2020

Iraq: US carries out second airstrike in 2 days killing several high ranking leaders of PMF

(Taji) Not letting up on their mission to decapitate the senior leadership of the Iranian assets inside Iraq, the US this evening targeted a convoy of two vehicles at around 01:30hrs local time containing several high ranking members of the Popular Mobilization forces 18 miles north of Baghdad airport in the town of Taji.

One confirmed kill is that of  Shibl Muhsin Ubayd al-Zaydi, an Iraqi national who heads the Iran-backed Iraqi militia Imam Ali Brigade. Al-Zaydi  served as a financial co-ordinator between the IRGC-QF and sectarian armed groups in Iraq and assisted in facilitating Iraqi investments on behalf of IRGC-QF commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleiman. (killed last night)

Shibl Muhsin Ubayd al-Zaydi (L) with the former commander of the Iranian Quds Force Qassem Suleimani.
Zaydi was responsible for "transferring large amounts of money to Lebanon to help fund Hezbullah's participation in the Syrian civil war. He also has co-ordinated the smuggling of oil into Syria on behalf of Iran, and has sent Iraqi fighters to Syria allegedly at the IRGC-QF’s request. Because of this the US treasury placed  sanctions on him in Nov 2018.