Shortly before his assassination in Baghdad, Iraqi expert Hisham al-Hashemi told his friends about a study that he was working on. Based on declassified documents from Iraq’s military intelligence, records of calls, and interviews with officers, al-Hashemi had stumbled on little known information: Lebanon’s Hezbollah was operating a money laundering cell in Iraq, with which the pro-Iran party funded its activities to the tune of $300 million a year. The party also helped fund other pro-Iran militias in Iraq.
Kataib Hezbollah Iraqi militia gather ahead of the funeral of the Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was killed in an air strike at Baghdad airport, in Baghdad, Iraq, January 4, 2020. (Reuters)