Iraqi Security Forces Deploy Amid Factional Battle in Kut, Iraq

At approximately 1850 EST, a reported failed assassination attempt on head of the Peace Brigades, Commander Abu Hassan al-Saeedi, occurred in Wasit Governate, Iraq.

By 1900 EST, local media sources reported that Peace Brigades fighters and Asaib Ahl al-Haq forces were engaged in a fierce firefight in the city. By 1915 EST reports began to emerge that the fighting had spread to the Basra Governate.

However, by 1942 EST several reports indicated that these groups withdrew from the area after Iraqi Security Forces deployed. As of 2000 EST, Iraqi Security Forces have claimed total control over Wasit Governate.

The cause of the assassination attempt has not yet been determined. This is developing.

The Peace Brigades are an Iraqi Shia militia that initially was formed to fight the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq by Sadr. In 2014 it was stood back up to fight ISIS and protect Shia shrines. It is also known as the Mahdi Army.

Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) is a Shi’a political party and paramilitary group active in the Iraqi insurgency and Syrian Civil War. During the Iraq War it was known as Iraq’s largest “Special Group” (the American term for Iran-backed Shia paramilitaries in Iraq), and, from 2016 until 2020, used to be part of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in the 41st, 42nd, and 43rd Brigades, cooperating with the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIS.