Hadi Al-Amiri

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Hadi al-Ameri
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Member of Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Minister for Transport
In office
21 December 2010 – 8 September 2014
Prime MinisterNour al-Maliki
Preceded byAmer Abdoljalil
Succeeded byBaqir Jabr al-Zubeidi
President of the Badr Organization
Assumed office
16 July 2009
Preceded byBaqir Jabr al-Zubeidi
Personal details
Born (1954-07-01) July 1, 1954 (age 65)
Diyala, Iraq
Political partyBadr Organization
Other political
affiliations
Fatah Alliance
Alma materUniversity of Baghdad
Military service
Allegiance Iraq
Branch/service Popular Mobilization Forces
Unit Badr Brigade
Battles/warsIran–Iraq War
2014 Iraqi conflict

Hadi Al-Ameri (Arabic: هادي العامري‎) is the former Iraqi minister of transportation and the head of the Badr Organization, which was the military wing of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC). He is a member of the Iraqi parliament[1] under the United Iraqi Alliance list, which mainly represents religious Shi'a parties.

Amiri fought on the side of the Iranians, as part of the Badr Brigade, during the Iran–Iraq War.[2]

As leader of the Badr Organization, Hadi Al-Amiri had very close ties to the Iranian leadership—and in particular the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which was responsible for training the Badr Brigade during Saddam Hussein's rule.[citation needed] Hadi Al-Amiri was also one of the first Shi'a politicians to call for regional federation in the south of Iraq.[citation needed]

Amiri has denied claims that he has overseen flights passing through Iraqi airspace from Iran to Syria containing shipments of weapons to help the Syrian Government in the Syrian Civil War.[2] Amiri has however proclaimed his affection for Qassem Suleimani, the Commander of Quds Force, a division of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps believed to be playing an instrumental part in supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the conflict.[2] Amiri told The New Yorker "I love Qassem Suleimani! He is my dearest friend."[2]

He was the commander of Iraqi forces in the operation to liberate Jurf Al Sakhar during 2014 Iraqi conflict.[3] As a commander in Popular Mobilization Forces, he has been active in the rest of operations against ISIL. He has been described as "perhaps the most powerful and pro-Iranian" leader in the Popular Mobilization Forces and often meets with Brett H. McGurk, US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.[4]

He is fluent in Persian.[5]

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  1. ^ "Preview: Iraqi Official Reacts to U.S. Election". National Public Radio. 9 November 2006. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  2. ^ a b c d Dexter Filkins, Dexter (30 September 2013). "The Shadow Commander". The New Yorker. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  3. ^ Morris, Loveday; Salim, Mustafa (25 October 2014). "Iraqi forces press to secure Shiite south before religious observances believed to be target of Islamic State". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  4. ^ "As Islamic State withers, the alliance against it is fraying". The Economist. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  5. ^ "America and Iran are jostling for influence over Iraq". The Economist. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.