Iran Grooming an Iraqi Hizbullah

(Washington Post) Liz Sly - The Iranian-backed Shiite group Asaib Ahl al-Haq - the League of the Righteous - responsible for most of the attacks against U.S. forces in the final years of the Iraq war, has been rapidly expanding its presence across Iraq in recent months. The group's chief officers have returned from exile in Iran and have opened a string of political offices, establishing a social services program to aid widows and orphans, and launching a network of religious schools, echoing the methods and structures of one of its close allies, Hizbullah. The group has a powerful ally in Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite.

2013-02-20 00:00:00

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