Hashd al-Shaabi names new deputy head from Hezbollah

Following the killing of the deputy commander of the Shiite-dominated militia alliance Hashd al-Shaabi, Abu Fadak al-Mohammedawi was elected as Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis successor.

The Shiite-dominated militia alliance Hashd al-Shaabi has elected a successor to Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The high-ranking militia commander had been killed on January 3 together with Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a targeted US air raid in Baghdad. The new deputy commander of Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the People's Mobilization Units, is Abu Fadak al-Mohammedawi of the Hezbollah Brigades (Kataib Hezbollah). Al-Mohammedawi belongs to the founding core of the Iraqi Hezbollah, which is part of the Hashd al-Shaabi militia alliance.

According to Abu Ali al-Bassari of the Hashd al-Shaabi leadership, Mohammedawi was recently appointed Muhandis’ successor at a meeting of the board of directors. "We expect the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi armed forces to sign a decree to this effect in the next two days," Bassari said.