Shia militia commander detained in Iraq after criticising Iran

Aws al-Khafaji, commander of the Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas Brigade, was detained after telling a local TV station that Iraqis should oppose Iran's interference.
Sunday 10/02/2019
A screengrab shows Aws al-Khafaji, commander of the Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas Brigade. (MEMRI TV)
A screengrab shows Aws al-Khafaji, commander of the Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas Brigade (MEMRI TV)

An official with the Iraqi government-sanctioned umbrella of mainly Shia paramilitary groups said a militia commander was arrested after he criticised Iran's influence in the country.

The official from the Popular Mobilisation Forces said on Friday that Aws al-Khafaji, commander of the Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas Brigade, was detained the previous night.

Al-Khafaji had earlier told a local TV station that Iraqis should not only oppose American and Turkish presence in Iraq but also Iran's interference.

A statement from the Popular Mobilisation Forces said four Baghdad offices of al-Khafaji's group were closed because they were located in residential neighbourhoods. It said members were arrested after rejecting the closure.

(With AP)