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Several security sources suggested that followers of the influential Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr, whose Sairoon Alliance took first place in the preliminary results of the May elections, were involved in the protests and attacks on the offices of Asaib, Badr and other groups.
Iranian-backed Asaib Ahl al-Haq, or League of the Righteous, has reportedly claimed over 6,000 attacks against U.S.
Asaib Ahl al-Haq, which is armed and trained by Iran's Quds Force, was among several of Iraq's powerful Shia militias to respond to Trump's decision
These manifested in Asaib ahl al-Haq (AAH), whose leadership fell out with Muqtada over a series of operational and political disputes.
"The presence of Sabhan is an obstacle to the development of relations between Iraq and Saudi Arabia," Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Jamal said in comments to al-Aahd, a TV channel that belongs to Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia Asaib Ahl al-Haq.
The dead included a local commander in Asaib Ahl al-Haq, a powerful Shiite militia group that is part of the state-sanctioned Popular Mobilisation Forces, responsible for much of the security in the area.
The head of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, one of Iraq's fiercest Shiite militias, last week denounced the abduction of the 16 Turkish workers in Baghdad.
The head of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, one of Iraq's fiercest Shiite militias, on Thursday denounced the abduction of 18 Turkish workers in Baghdad earlier this month but condemned Turkey as Iraq's biggest enemy.
"The battle to retake Tikrit will be difficult because of the preparations (IS) made," said Jawwad al-Etlebawi, spokesman for the Asaib Ahl al-Haq, a Shiite militia that is playing a major role in the operation alongside the regular army.
He singled out QF-led Badr Brigade and 'Asaib Ahl ul-Haq (AAH), both famous for kidnapping and killing Sunni Arabs.
In one recent high-profile case, members of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq Shiite militia abducted a relative of the deputy prime minister, according to senior security sources.
While the United States and its allies are embarking on long-term training programmes aimed at putting muscle back into the badly shaken Iraqi army, Iran is taking immediate and direct action through groups such as Asaib Ahl al-Haq, the Badr Brigades and Kataib Hezbollah to ensure that IS forces don't reach Baghdad or the predominantly Shia southern part of Iraq.