Hamdi Malik is an Associate Fellow with the Washington Institute, specializing in Shia militias. Hamdi is the coauthor of the Institute's 2020 study "Honored, Not Contained: The Future of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces."
Qais al-Khazali, Mohammed Mohi and Nasr al-Shammari have all provided televised prima face evidence of their groups involvement in anti-coalition acts of terrorism.
The Iraqi Resistance Coordination Committee (al-Haya al-Tansiqiya lil-Muqawama al-Iraqiya, or Tansiqyia for short) by its own admission (via various statement) is responsible for attacking U.S. forces and interests in Iraq. Three leaders of Iran-backed militias - all of which are members of the Iaqi state-supported Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) - have admitted in TV interviews that their groups are members of the Tansiqyia.
Khazali says the truce has ended
First Qais al-Khazali, the leader of Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) appeared on al-Iraqiya TV on November 19, 2020. This was after the Tansiqyia issued its first statement on October 10, 2020 to announce a conditional truce. The anchor asked about the truce and whether Jeanine Plasschaert, special representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq had any role in the truce. Khazali denied Plasschaert had any role and said: “we realized that the operations started to come to fruition. The American side started getting hurt and couldn’t bear this situation, therefore began a psychological pressure, that the embassy would be relocated and that’s going to be harmful for Iraq… Some national political figures intervened, the main of whom was haj Hadi al-Ameri… We saw that [announcing the truce] is useful in achieving three goals at one time… We sent a message that we are not interested in war and bloodshed”.
The presenter then asks another question about the truce: “if the conditions were not met, when would you go back to carry arms?”
Khazali: “the conditions were not met, and the truce has ended”.
This is a clear admission by the leader of AAH that he and his group were involved in attacking U.S. forces and interests and subsequently in the process that led to the announcement of the truce.
Kataib Hezbollah spokesman: We gave the Americans a conditional opportunity
Five days later, on November 24, 2020, the Iranian TV network al-Alam published an article titled: Kataib Hezbollah talks to t Al-Alam about the latest developments regarding the truce with the American forces”. The article includes an interview with Mohammed Mohi, spokesman for Kataib Hezbollah (KH).
The anchor asks Mohi about the international players who had a role in this truce. Mohi replies: “There are many parties who had a role, but the regional and local parties had a great role to reach this position. This is a responsible position, which does not mean fear of the Americans, nor a concession on the principles. We still stick to our principles, and that is why we gave them this conditional period and this conditional opportunity…”
Nujaba spokesperson: We are part of the Tansiqyia
Nasr al-Shammari, Harakat al-Nujaba (HaN) spokesperson appeared on Dijlah TV on February 28, 2021. He was asked directly by the anchor whether HaN is part of the Tansiqyia. His answer couldn’t be clearer: [HaN] is part of the Tansiqyia, part of the Tansiqyia, yes, part of the Tansiqyia”.
These admissions constitute compelling evidence that known militias which are members of the PMF are in fact behind the façade groups which frequently claim responsibility for attacking U.S. troops and interests in Iraq.