Feb 21, 2020 09:42 UTC
  • Iraq’s anti-terror PMU appoints Abu Fadak al-Mohammadawi as al-Muhandis successor

Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) has appointed Abu Fadak al-Mohammadawi as the new deputy commander of Hashd al-Shaabi following the martyrdom of his predecessor Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was assassinated in a US drone attack last month.

According to Press TV quoting the PMU official Abu Ali al-Bassari, the Popular Mobilization Units chose Abu Fadak based on a decision made at a recent meeting of its board.

“Following the appointment, the chief-commander of the Iraqi armed forces will sign Abu Fadak’s decree in the next couple of days,” he added.

Al-Mohammadawi earlier served as the secretary-general of Kata’ib Hezbollah. Since joining the founding core of Kata’ib Hezbollah in 1997, he has been a prominent figure, even though his real name is not known to the public.

“Abu Fadak is strong and a true leader with honorable positions and good relations with all,” an Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq commander said earlier.

Known as the “uncle”, Abu Fadak is praised for his military prowess and confidence. He was reportedly close to al-Muhandis.

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, along with late anti-terror Commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and a number of their comrades, was assassinated in a US drone attack near the Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.

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