A billboard connected to Kata’ib Hezbollah has been spotted in Baghdad. Baxtiyar Goran translates it: “US is responsible for the region’s insecurity and instability due its support for zionists and terrorist groups.”
The original photo was taken by Methaq Al-Fayyadh.
Kata’ib Hezbollah is one of the numerous paramilitary groups that make up the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). The PMF or PMU became an official security force after legislations in 2016 and 2017. Along with Badr, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, Kata’ib Hezbollah is one of the major groups in the PMU. It is closely linked to Iran.
Kata’ib Hezbollah called for resistance against the US in early March, 2019. It made similar comments in September 2017. It is considered a threat to the US and has been active in Syria supporting the Assad regime. After an airstrike in 2018 struck Kata’ib Hezbollah in Syria, the group threatened the US and also blamed the US. The groups are raising their profile lately. They have also sought to interdict US operations in Anbar.
The PMU now boasts 100,000 fighters, and appears to be pushing not only for the US to leave, but to take over for the role of US forces.
It comes amid rising tensions with the US and in the wake of a visit by the Iranian President to Iraq. US President Donald Trump has said that US forces drawing down in Syria will “watch” Iran from Iraq. Iraqi politicians have said they don’t want their country to become the center of US-Iran tensions.