Iran’s Efforts to Ramp up Iraqi Militia Attacks: A Closer Look

Iranian media focuses on domestic issues such as corruption, while using proxies to attack the US and Israel. Al-Mayadeen media supports the “Islamic Resistance in Iraq – Kataib Hezbollah,” which has solidarity with Hamas and other groups. Kataib Hezbollah has a history of targeting the US and is holding an Israeli researcher captive. The US killing of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qasem Soleimani weakened Iran’s influence in the region. The Iranian-backed militia continues to target US forces. Iran is using these groups to support Hamas and denounce Israel and the US, while claiming innocence in larger conflicts. Iranian-backed militias, including Kata’ib Sayyid Al-Shuhada and Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba in Iraq, are also continuing their attacks on the US. However, these groups are not fully committed to Iran’s goals, as they prefer making statements and small-scale attacks. Iran struggles to mobilize its network of influence in the region.