February 19, 2013

Iran Grooming an Iraqi Hezbollah

Liz Sly, Washington Post

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The Iranian-backed Shiite group responsible for most of the attacks against U.S. forces in the final years of the Iraq war is busily reinventing itself as a political organization in ways that could enhance Iran’s influence in post-American Iraq -- and perhaps beyond.

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TAGGED: Iran, Iraq, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Moqtada al-Sadr, Middle East


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