Sending Office: Honorable Ted Poe
Cosponsor Bipartisan Bill to Apply Terrorist Sanctions to Iran’s Iraqi Proxies
Cosponsors: Sherman, McCaul, Kinzinger, Meehan, Sessions, Stefanik, Rooney (FL-19), King (NY-2), Stivers, Zeldin, Chabot, Wilson, Mooney,
Suozzi, Barr, Cook
Last weekend, Iraq held historic parliamentary elections to determine its future following the costly war with ISIS. The results are still being tallied but it appears the bloc of Iranian-backed militia groups (known as the Fatah Alliance) gained the second
most amount of votes. Of this group, the notorious Iranian proxy As-Saib Ahl Al-Haq (AAH), which previously only held one parliamentary seat, picked up twelve additional seats in the Iraqi Parliament. This is a troubling development given the group’s past
attacks on American forces and its role as a leading surrogate for Iran.
With terrorist sanctions now applied to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), it’s high time to apply the same penalties to Tehran’s proxies in Iraq and Syria. AAH and another Iraqi militia, Harakat Hizballah Al-Nujaba, have become the leading
instruments for Iran’s regional strategy. Targeting these groups will be one additional step towards countering Iran’s expansionism and signaling to our Iraqi partners that it must not permit its citizens to be used as pawns by the IRGC to destabilize and
threaten our allies. We urge you to cosponsor H.R. 4238 The Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act.
AAH, with support and direction from Iran, has sown sectarianism and violence in Iraq since 2006. Up until the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq in December 2011, the group claimed responsibility for over 6,000 attacks on U.S. and coalition forces, including
the 2007 attack on the Karbala Provincial Headquarters where four Americans were abducted and later executed.
In 2013, fighters from AAH and Kata’ib Hizballah—an Iranian proxy designated a foreign terrorist organization in 2009—formed Harakat Hizballah al-Nujaba. Commanders from al-Nujaba and AAH have sworn allegiance to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and, along
with the IRGC and Lebanese Hizballah, have played a key role in maintaining Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad’s grip on power. In doing so, both groups undermine the fight against ISIS by directly threatening American and coalition forces and committing atrocities
against Sunnis and Kurds that enflame ethnic and sectarian divisions. As these groups solidify Iran’s control of territory across Iraq and Syria, they have secured a land-bridge from Tehran to the Mediterranean, allowing for men and equipment to flow unfettered
to the borders of Israel. Al-Nujaba has even created a unit that is dedicated to targeting Israeli forces on the Golan Heights, a clear indication of their future goals.
H.R. 4238 The Iranian Proxies Terrorist Sanctions Act of 2017 follows in the footsteps of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which was signed into law in August and applied terrorist sanctions to the IRGC. Like that legislation,
ours calls on the President to apply sanctions to AAH and al-Nujaba pursuant to Executive Order 13224. The bill additionally calls for the Secretary of State to publish an annual list of armed groups receiving assistance from the IRGC.
It is time to designate these two groups for what they are: terrorists dedicated to carrying out the will of the Supreme Leader in Tehran. If you would like to be a cosponsor of H.R. 4238 and begin to turn the tide against Iran’s conquest of the Middle East,
please contact Oren Adaki in Rep. Ted Poe’s office at Oren.Adaki@mail.house.gov or Don MacDonald in Rep. Brad Sherman’s office at Don.MacDonald@mail.house.gov.
Ted Poe Brad Sherman
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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