Iraq 0
6 December 2019

The U.S. Treasury Department “designated three leaders of Iran-backed militias in Iraq that opened fire on peaceful protests, killing dozens of innocent civilians” in addition to an Iraqi businessman whom it said was “bribing government officials and engaging in corruption at the expense of the Iraqi people”. A senior U.S. diplomat contended that “three of today’s designees… were directed by Iranian regime when they or the armed groups they lead committed serious human rights abuses”. “We will be doing further designations in the future”, he added, further explaining that “if you are perpetrating violence against protesters, regardless of whether you are in the government or outside the government, you’re at risk of being designated”.

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