A proposal has been approved by the US House of Representatives suggesting sanctions to be imposed on Qais al-Khazali’s As-Saib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) and Akram al-Kaabi’s Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba which are two major components of the Iranian-backed militias of Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq.
The legislation was passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday, and it has been sent to the Senate for approval before becoming a law.
Qais al-Khazali, who is backed by Iran and leads the AHH, was behind the death of five American soldiers in Karbala in 2007, and he now has obtained 15 seats of the Iraqi parliament, so he may even be part of the future government of the country.
Rep. Ted Poe (R, Texas) sponsored the amendment sanctioning the two militias, told Kurdistan 24 that Iran is attempting to have influence in many countries, exemplifying Iraq as one of them.
“They’re all over the world,” he continued. “They’re in Iraq, they’re in Syria, they’re in South America, they’re in Yemen, and they’re causing mischief everywhere.”