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Arkam Abbas Al-Kabi

Born: 1976; alt. 1973; 17 July 1977;

Place of Birth:
1. al ‘Amarah, Iraq;
2. al Kalamiy, Iraq;
3. Baghdad, Iraq;

Nationality: Iraq;

Known also as: Shaykh Abu-Akram Al-Ka’abi; Sheik Akram Al-Ka’abi; Akram Abas Al-Ka’bi; Akram ‘Abbas Al-Kabi; Abu Muhammad; Abu ‘Ali; Karumi.


Harakat Al-Nujaba (HAN) (established in 2013 by al-Kabi) is an Iran-backed Iraqi militia funded by but not under the control of the Iraqi government.

HAN has openly pledged its loyalties to Iran and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Al-Kabi has publicly claimed that he would follow any order, including overthrowing the Iraqi government or fighting alongside the Houthis in Yemen, if Ayatollah Khamenei declared it to be a religious duty.

Al-Kabi also claimed that Iran supports HAN both militarily and logistically, and stressed HAN’s close ties with IRGC-QF Commander Qassem Soleimani and Hizballah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, both SDGTs. The Department of the Treasury designated al-Kabi in 2008 for planning and conducting multiple attacks against Coalition forces, including mortar and rocket launches into the International Zone.

Jaysh al-Mahdi (JAM or Mahdi Army) Special Groups leader Akram ‘Abbas al-Kabi threatens the peace and stability of Iraq and the Government of Iraq by planning and leading attacks against members of the Government of Iraq and Coalition Forces. As of early-2008, al-Kabi was planning multiple attacks against Coalition Forces in order to show that JAM Special Groups were capable of conducting operations even when there was a freeze. In one instance, in late-February 2008, JAM Special Groups led by al-Kabi claimed responsibility for mortar and rocket attacks against Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces in Baghdad’s International Zone. In March 2008, al-Kabi also led JAM Special Groups members who launched rockets into the International Zone. Additionally, as of February 2008, al-Kabi sanctioned attacks targeting Coalition Forces to include indirect fire attacks against the International Zone.

Al-Kabi also provided financial and material support to Shia militia groups that committed acts of violence in Iraq. In one instance, in early-April 2008, al-Kabi paid a JAM Special Groups leader 50 million Iraqi dinars (approximately $41,684 USD) for carrying out three separate improvised explosive device (IED) attacks against Coalition Forces in Baghdad. As of February 2008, al-Kabi had also allegedly provided funding to JAM Special Groups for recruitment purposes. Separately, as of early-2008, al-Kabi was providing weapons for large-scale military operations against Coalition Forces.

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