US Lists Chief of Staff of Hashd al-Shaabi as a Specially Designated "Global Terrorist"
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US Lists Chief of Staff of Hashd al-Shaabi as a Specially Designated "Global Terrorist"

ERBIL - The United States on Wednesday announced that it had listed Abdulaziz al-Muhammadawi, the chief of staff of pro-Iran Hashd al-Shaabi, as a specially designated global terrorist (SDGT).

The US Treasury Department has accused Muhammadawi, also known as Abu Fadak, of having links to the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, as reported by The Middle East Eye.

The Department, moreover, said that Muhammadawi works with the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) Quds Force "to reshape the official Iraqi state security institutions away from their true purpose of defending the Iraqi state and fighting ISIS, to instead support Iran's malign activities," according to the report.

"Today's designation seeks to deny Muhammadawi the resources to plan and carry out terrorist attacks," the department said in an email.