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Hadi al-Amiri: Disgraceful history of sectarianism

Hadi al-Amiri

Multiple experts are questioning the capacity of the militia leader Hadi al-Ameri to launch  incessant sectarianism-laden remarks.

They expressed resentment at his continuation in the political scene in Iraq given his criminal and sectarian record.

They exclaim whether criminals or militia leader are the real rulers of Iraq."He is a militia leader. He should not be at any rate at the forefront. But the Iran-dominated government has nothing to do with this."

Amiri is known for his inflammatory rhetoric against all the Sunnis in Iraq.  He once said:"The Sunnis will not ascend to power in Iraq, and if they want a dictatorial regime, the Shiites will be the rulers."

They cited his history whose hallmark is sectarianism, blood and disloyalty to the Iraqi people. 


Hence, analysts assert that Ameri should take a back seat and stop launching his rant on the Sunnis and the other Iraqi sects.

"He is a serial killer. He has nothing to do with politics. And he knows nothing but blood of innocent people."  Insiders said.

Reports revealed that Amiri had been involved in killings against both Sunnis and Shiites during his chairmanship of Badr Organization. 

According to the reports, he fought the Iraqi army for the sake of Iran under the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

The insiders called on Iraqi government to  silence those criminals, letting them do their dirty business 'until the Iraqi people rise up and uproot them'.

Badr Organization 

Since he appeared on the political scene in Iraq, Amiri is haunted by charges related to committing war crimes against the Sunni Arabs. 

This crimes had been perpetrated on sectarian grounds, reports said, prompting many to accuse Amiri of being an Iranian surrogate.

He used the powers he held within Badr Organization to commit such crimes.  

Human Rights Watch researcher Areen Evers said the Badr Organization was responsible for "systematic" violations.

She indicated that the charges against the terror organization ranged from kidnappings and mass executions to the displacement of the Sunnis from their homes, looting and burning, and in some cases razing entire villages to the ground.

Deep-seated sectarianism '

According to a report published on Counter Extremism Project,  Al-Amiri has a heinous history of instigating sectarian violence in Iraq.

Amiri fought on the side of the Iranians, as part of the Badr Brigade, during the Iran-Iraq War.

Amiri has however proclaimed his affection for Qassem Suleimani, the Commander of Quds Force, a division of the IRGC which plays an instrumental part in supporting Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian deadly six-year conflict. 

He told The New Yorker “I love Qassem Suleimani! He is my dearest friend.”

According to multiple reports, Hadi Al-Amiri was also one of the first Shiite politicians to call for regional federation in the south of Iraq.

 In a period of heightened violence between 2004 and 2006, al-Amiri reportedly ordered attacks on up to 2,000 Sunnis. 

The report went on to say:" According to a leaked cable from the U.S. State Department, “One of [al-Amiri’s] preferred methods of killing allegedly involved using a power drill to pierce the skulls of his adversaries.”

Yet, A U.S. federal indictment has linked al-Amiri to a 1996 attack in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. Air Force servicemen.

According to the Washington Post, areas in which the Badr organization has fought ISIS have seen “some of the most high-profile Sunni-Shiite violence of the current conflict. 

In addition, Amiri has unmitigated loyalty to Iran and its leaders. 

While al-Amiri’s political party has sought to downplay its role as an Iranian proxy, al-Amiri himself remains loyal to Iran’s Supreme Leader.

In early 2015, al-Amiri said of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that he “is the leader not only for Iranians but the Islamic nation.

Citing what they described as 'ignominious' sectarianism and disloyalty to Iraqis, commentators see it urgent to bar Amiri from furthering his influence on the Iraqi landscape. 

"His presence represents an existential threat to the whole political process in Iraq. He is the wrong man in the wrong place."

Last Modified: Monday، 24 July 2017 11:26 PM