Hadi Al-Amiri

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Hadi al-Ameri
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Al-Ameri in Saladin Governorate, February 2015
Minister for Transport
In office
21 December 2010 – 8 September 2014
Prime Minister Nour al-Maliki
Preceded by Amer Abdoljalil
Succeeded by Baqir al-Zubaidi
President of the Badr Organization
Assumed office
16 July 2009
Preceded by Baqir Jabr al-Zubeidi
Personal details
Born (1954-07-01) July 1, 1954 (age 62)
Diyala, Iraq
Political party Badr Organization
Alma mater University of Baghdad
Religion Islam (Shi'a)
Military service
Unit Badr Brigade
Battles/wars Iran-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 Guards 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 al-Hashd al-Shaabi, he has been active in the rest of operations against ISIL.

He is fluent in Persian.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Preview: Iraqi Official Reacts to U.S. Election". National Public Radio. 9 November 2006. Retrieved 2016-11-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d 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. ^ "America and Iran are jostling for influence over Iraq". The Economist. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.