The image taken from a tweet on social media below was posted on the 13 November 2015 allegedly showing the IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) Qud’s force commander Qassem Soleimani in Al Hadar town, Aleppo, Syria along with the Nujaba Movement militia.
The yellow flag seen in the image belongs to the pro Iranian Iraqi Shia militia Harakat al-Nujaba or al Nujaba or Nujaba Movement, active both in Iraq and Syria.
The Long War Journal recently reported about the groups leader Akram al-Kaabi, general secretary of the Nujaba Movement claiming he would overthrow the Iraqi government if ordered by Iran’s supreme leader.
- The Long War Journal article (12 Nov 2015) – Iraqi Shiite militia leader says he would overthrow government if ordered by Iran’s supreme leader:
Also a recent interview below with Akram al-Kaabi by Alsumaria, an independant Iraqi TV Network.
- Youtube video Alsumaria (05 Nov 2015) – Interview with Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi, general secretary of the Movement nujaba:
Video description translation:
‘Media interviews Ghazwan Jassim In this episode of the political program unexpectedly Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi, general secretary of the nujaba movement. He talked about the liberalization of Baiji and some surrounding areas and the victories of the popular crowd areas where there says it is released by the popular crowd, but the media does not focus on them. Then he added, saying the media attack against the popular Chen large crowd by large institutions with the help of a number of countries, and that the armed factions movement they are coordinated together under the tent of the popular crowd. (or Popular Mobilisation Forces).
Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi said Qassem Soleimani said a fundamental and significant role in the relationship between factions of the popular crowd and the resistance factions, also added that there are many Iranian blood of the fallen in Iraq of the Revolutionary Guards and Quds Force and the owners of Qassem Soleimani, who participated with us in the battles and shed their blood on the land Iraq.
He said that our duty legally and morally to thank Iran because they gave a lot of military support, Daash and America are two sides of the same coin and should not be dealing with them.
On the other hand, he said that there is intelligence work inside Mosul and Fallujah Wi intelligence information we get our security services. He talked about the victories nujaba movement of the Earth and easily obtainable Hiq says did not know about the movement of nujaba she caught a certain area and this area fell from her hand. He talked about the exercises were carried out in Iran, Lebanon and still today to take courses and training in Iran and Lebanon.
Unexpected political program interviewing the ruling political elite is working on access to information through the stages of life away in the past, present and future. It delves deeply into the details and talking generalities The program consists of several innovative paragraphs for the first time in the Iraqi media .ihaml with it the money expect the guest and allows viewers to interact with the guest answers through a vote on his answers and the extent of their conviction or not. The program of the idea and the preparation and submission of Ghazwan Jassim.’
See a previous post on The WIDER View providing more information on Qassem Soleimani.
UPDATE 29 December 2015:
- Liveleak video (29 Dec 2015) – General Qassem Soleimani and the forces of Hezbollah Alnujaba in Aleppo: