Dr. Hamdi Malik is an Associate Fellow with the Washington Institute, specializing in Shia militias. He is the co-founder of the Militia Spotlight platform, which offers in-depth analysis of developments related to the Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria. He is the coauthor of the Institute's 2020 study "Honored, Not Contained: The Future of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces."
A U.S.-sanctioned "resistance" channel owned and operated by U.S.-designated terrorist movement Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba.
Name: Qanat al-Nujaba al-Fadhaeyya (al-Nujaba Satellite TV channel)
Type of movement: Social or media organization associated with an armed group, undertaking nonkinetic information operations (media activities and propaganda). Supporting domestic counter-U.S. operations, domestic counter-political/social moderate operations, and foreign counter-Saudi operations
History and objectives:
Al-Nujaba TV was launched in 2013 as a media wing for the Iraqi militia group Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba (HaN), shortly after the group was formed by Akram Kaabi.
The well-funded station offers political, cultural, and religious programs that promote Iran's self-styled "axis of resistance" and focus on muqawama themes.
It broadcasts from Baghdad and has correspondents in most Iraqi provinces. It also has an office and studio in Tehran.
In March 2019, the U.S. State Department listed the station and HaN as Specially Designated Global Terrorist entities under Executive Order 13224.
Chain of command:
Controlled by Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba.
Part of al-Muaweniyah al-Elamiyah lil Muqawama al-Islamiyah–Harakat al-Nujaba (The HaN Directorate of Media).
Part of Muassasat al-Nujuba lil Elam wa al-Bahth al-Fadhaiyah (Al-Nujaba Media and Satellite Broadcasting Organization, within the HaN Directorate of Media).