Iraq Kataib Hezbollah leader to stand for election in first

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Al-Araby

Among the candidates running in Iraq’s general elections this week is the leader of one of the most hard-line and powerful militias with close ties to Iran who once battled US troops. Hussein Muanis joins a long list of candidates from among Iran-backed Shia factions vying for parliament seats. But he is the first to be openly affiliated with Kataib Hezbollah, or the Party of God Brigades, signalling the militant group’s formal entry into politics. The group is on a US list of terrorist organisations and is accused by US officials of targeting American forces in Iraq. Muanis himself was jailed…

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