Many Iraqis call Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes “the de-facto Prime Minister of Iraq” even though he is a designated terrorist who commands Kataib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed militia whose bases were bombed by US warplanes in Iraq and Syria this week.
A commander of Iraq's PMUs, Jawad al-Talaibawi (C), takes a selfie at a gate of the US embassy in the capital Baghdad on December 31, 2019. (AFP)
Iraq's National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayad, center, joins Iran-backed PMUs as they enter the heavily fortified Green Zone to attack the US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, December 31, 2019. (AP)