ISW Publishes New Report on Resurgence of Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq


  Contact: Maggie Rackl
(202) 293-5550 x205
Iraq’s regional role as host to Iranian proxy groups has expanded in 2012. The withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq and the outbreak of the crisis in Syria sparked the resurgence of dangerous insurgence groups in Iraq.
In particular, Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, also known as The League of the Righteous, once Iraq’s largest and deadliest Shi'a militant group, has reshaped its public image and adopted a new model for integrating its social, political, and religious goals in Iraq. The group has established political offices from Basra and Tel Afar to Beirut, while maintaining operational capacity and likely facilitating Iranian interests in Syria.
In his report, The Resurgence of Asa’ib Ahl al-HaqISW Research Analyst Sam Wyer explores this resurrection and its potentially significant implications on the expansion of Iranian influence in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. Wyer writes, Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq “provides Iran with an ideal and historically loyal proxy that can be used to increase control over political and religious networks” in Iraq. Such a resurgence will undoubtedly have a dangerous impact on the development of the Iraqi state and its role in the ever-changing Middle East.

To speak with Sam Wyer, please contact Maggie Rackl at [email protected] or 202-293-5550 x205.

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