Reflections on the Life and Death of an Iraqi Militant

Jan 20, 2020 | 09:45 GMT

A picture taken on Jan. 11, 2020, shows portraits of Iraq's slain Popular Mobilization Unit deputy chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the late founder of Kataib Hezbollah, on the southern exit of the Lebanese capital Beirut.

Portraits of Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis line a street in Beirut on Jan. 11, 2020. As much as the death of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. missile strike inflamed passions in Iran, the killing of al-Muhandis in the same operation had similar effects in Iraq, where he was a widely known and respected militia leader.

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Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis fought Saddam Hussein, engineered attacks on Western embassies and took on the Islamic State. His death in the same strike that killed Iran's Qassem Soleimani increased local hostility to the U.S. presence in Iraq....