Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, secretary-general of Iraq’s Kata’ib Hezbollah militia movement and deputy chairman of the powerful Shia-led Popular Mobilization Forces militias, was killed in Baghdad on January 3 in a US drone strike targeting Iran’s Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani.
Iraq’s Shia-led Popular Mobilization Forces militias have named Abu Fadak al-Mohammedawi as the new deputy chief of their organization, with the decision made at a recent board meeting.
“Following the appointment, the chief-commander of the Iraqi armed forces will sign Abu Fadak’s decree in the next couple of days,” PMF official Abu Ali al-Bassari was quoted as saying regarding al-Mohammedawi’s appointment.
Reportedly nicknamed ‘the Uncle’, al-Mohammedawi is said to have been a close friend of al-Muhandis, and a senior official of Kata’ib Hezbollah, the Iraqi militia group commanded by al-Muhandis which Washington claimed was responsible for the December 27, 2019 rocket attack on an Iraqi base which ultimately led the US to assassinate al-Muhandis and Soleimani.
Joining Kata’ib Hezbollah in the mid-1990s and becoming part of its inner core, Al-Mohammedawi is thought to have commanded the militia’s forces as they fought in Syria and Iraq against Daesh (ISIS)* and other terrorists. He was also reportedly known for his military capabilities and good relations with other militias within the…