Twitter restricts Iraqi militia leader's account

Qais al-Khazali, the leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq. (File photo: AP)

Twitter Saturday "temporarily restricted" the account of Qais al-Khazali, leader of an Iran-backed Iraqi militia, for the second time in less than a year.

Al-Khazali, the head of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, had his account "temporarily restricted" last December because of "unusual activity," Twitter said at the time. On Saturday, the same message appeared on his account, warning visitors before they proceeded to his page.

Qais al-Khazali's Twitter account.

Qais al-Khazali's Twitter account.

Shortly before his account was temporarily restricted last year, a batch of US sanctions targeted al-Khazali and his brother Laith al-Khazali, another leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq.

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Last Update: Saturday, 13 June 2020 KSA 21:31 - GMT 18:31