Shibl Muhsin ‘Ubayd Al-Zaydi
Born: 28 October 1968;
Place of Birth: Baghdad, Iraq;
Known also as: Shebl Al Zaidi; Shibl Al Zaidi; Shibl Muhsin Ubayd Al-Zadi; Hajji Shibl Muhsin Al-Zaydi; Ja’far Salih Mahdi; Hajji Shibl.
Al-Zaydi has served as a financial coordinator between the IRGC-QF and sectarian armed groups in Iraq and assisted in facilitating Iraqi investments on behalf of IRGC-QF designated Commander Qasem Soleimani. Al-Zaydi has appeared publically with Qasem Soleimani (at least four times).
Al-Zaydi has also coordinated the smuggling of oil from Iran on behalf of Iran, the smuggling of oil into Syria on behalf of Iran, and has sent Iraqi fighters to Syria allegedly at the IRGC-QF’s request.
Al-Zaydi has maintained close business ties to Hizballah officials and Hizballah financier Adham Tabaja. These activities have included providing protection for companies in Iraq allegedly financed by Hizballah and facilitating the movement of Hizballah funding into Iraq for investments.
Al-Zaydi has also worked with senior Hizballah officials to transfer large sums of money to Lebanon to help fund Hizballah’s participation in the Syrian civil war. Moreover, he has transferred large sums of money to Tabaja and worked with Muhammad Al-Mukhtar Kallas to facilitate the movement of bulk cash from Iraq to Lebanon on Tabaja’s behalf. Tabaja maintains direct ties to senior Hizballah officials and Hizballah’s operational component, the Islamic Jihad, and holds properties in Lebanon on behalf of the group.
In addition, Al-Zaydi is a partner and founder of Global Cleaners S.A.R.L., also, since its founding in 2014, Al-Zaydi has been the Secretary General of an Iran-aligned Iraqi sectarian armed group. This armed group primarily operates in Iraq, but has also dispatched fighters to Syria, and its members have trained in Iran and with Hizballah in Lebanon.
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