US Sanctions Iraqi Military Leader, Citing Human Rights Abuse

Law360 (January 8, 2021, 8:33 PM EST) -- The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions Friday against Iraqi Popular Mobilization Committee Chairman Falih al-Fayyadh for what the department identified as a link to "serious human rights abuse."

Al-Fayyadh, the country's former national security adviser, was accused of overseeing the murder of Iraqi protesters by state-supervised militia groups with sympathies toward Iran.

"By directing and supervising the murder of peaceful Iraqi demonstrators, Iran-aligned militants and politicians such as Falih al-Fayyadh have been waging a violent campaign against Iraqi democracy and civil society," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

"The United States will continue to hold accountable human rights abusers...

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