Thursday, 29 October 2015

Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes – Deputy Commander of Popular Mobilization Force in Iraq

Abu Mahdi Mohandes- Rohani

Abu Mehdi Mohandes- Ghasem soleymani
Major Iraqi currents are accusing Iran of being behind the growth of terrorist organizations in Iraq. Its affiliated militia groups such as the Badr Organization, Asaeb Ahl Haq and Katayeb Hezbollah are literally paving the path for terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS to grow. This is due to their sectarian measures against innocent Iraqis, especially the Sunnis, eliminating prisoners, bombing mosques, plundering people’s property and terrifying the people.
One of the main elements implementing Iran’s plots in Iraq is an individual by the name of Jamal Jafar Mohammad Ali al-Ibrahimi, aka Haj Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes. His Iranian name is Jamal Ibrahimi.

Background on al-Mohandes
This individual was born in 1953 in the city of Basra in southern Iraq and became one of the most die-hard elements close to Iran in this country. His main role is to carry out the Quds Force’s terrorist plots in Iraq. He is married to an Iranian woman and has a home in Tehran’s Ferdowsi Avenue. He also had a home in Miftah Town, especially made for Revolutionary Guards members in the city of Kermanshah, western Iran.
Al-Mohandes joined the Badr Organization in 1984…
After some time he handpicked a number of Badr members and launched his own independent group working for the Quds Force. His name was listed in the slate of 32,000 Quds Force agents published by the Iranian Resistance. He received a monthly paycheck of 26,008,630 rials (equal now to around $750); his bank account number was 50100460427 and the code of his army ID card number was 3829770.
Al-Mohandes, along with a number of former Badr members, launched a new group by the name of the Islamic Association.
Al-Mohandes was also involved in the terrorist attacks against US and French embassies in Kuwait. A number of his men were arrested, later they fled prison during the Iraq war against Kuwait and went to Iran with support provided by Iran’s intelligence service.

Islamic Association
From 2002 onward this group was formed under the title of Islamic Association by the Quds Force and its commander Qassem Suleimani. Al-Mohandes was appointed commander of this group inside Iraq. The most important activities of this group according to this source are:
- Taking part in the transfer of groups associated to Iran from this country to Iraq. Over 31,000 elements of groups linked to Tehran were transferred and armed, and based on the conditions back then Iraq would reorganize them afterwards. This was one of the largest and most important of all projects carried out by the Quds Force and Ministry of Intelligence of Iran following the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Al-Mohandes in coordination with Qassem Suleimani and division commander Ahmad Foruzandeh had very important role in this regard. He was the logistics officer in this regard.
- After returning to Iraq al-Mohandes launched the Islamic Association throughout Iraq and 950 previous and trusted former Badr Organization members joined al-Mohandes’ organization.
In November 2004 another group of around 50 of the most prominent individuals in the Badr Organization, including Dr. Abu Mojahed joining the Islamic Association, leaving from Tehran to Iraq.
- This organization opened secret offices throughout Iraq and al-Mohandes was in Basra most of the time, and from there he would go to other cities such as Baghdad and Najaf.
- Following the election of the transition government led by Ayad Allawi, al-Mohandes and other leaders of groups linked to Iran formed a current entitled the “Shiite House” with the objective of forming an alliance of Shiite groups linked to Iran aimed at gaining the most number of seats in the next general elections to place political pressure on the Iraqi government.
- Al-Mohandes in Iran had strong relations with Qassem Suleimani, General Iraj Masjedi, General Ahmad Foruzandeh and General Hamid Taghavi who was recently killed in the Tikrit operations in Iraq.
- Al-Mohandes constantly travelled to Iran to take part in meetings held by Qassem Suleimani where he would receive his orders and briefings, and return to Iraq to implement them. As a result of his loyalty the Quds Force gifted him with $100,000.

Training in Iran
- Al-Mohandes in 2006 formed a new group of militants under the pretext of “Hezbollah”, very similar to Lebanese Hezbollah. This group focused its activities in Basra and Baghdad, and was directly linked to the Quds Force and the Lebanese Hezbollah. The members of this group were trained in Basra while their training and necessary equipment was transferred from Iran through the Shalamche border area. Their main goal in their attacks was to target US forces present in Iraq at the time.
- Al-Mohandes would send his elements through the border to Iran for special military and intelligence training. These elements were transferred to the cities of Ahvaz and Tehran, and trained in Quds Force bases specifically allocated from this very cause. These courses were provided for groups of 20 to 50 people.

Front Institutions
Sources have revealed the “al-Mohandes Network” was in contact with various organizations across Iraq working under the cover of cultural groups, including the “Dar al-Quran Institution”, “Madina Monawara Institution” and “al-Imam al-Hadi Institution”. Provided below is information gained of these front institutions:
1. Dar al-Quran Institution: This organ was active in Iraq’s southern cities and Baghdad, and is one of the largest and most active cultural entities linked to the “Mobin” group in the Quds Force in Iraq. Ibrahim Mohsen al-Mohseni, a member of the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq central board, aka “Abu Ali al-Basari” and with an Iranian name of Adnan Mohseni, was in charge of institution. This individual was a senior Quds Force officer and a commander of the Badr forces in Iran. He received his salary from the Quds Force and his name was included in the personnel list of this unit. His case file number is registered as 5 and his banking account number in Iran is 4702. His salary account number is 4875920 and he received a monthly salary of 25,617,800 rials (now equal to around $740) from the Quds Force. This means about the salary of a brigadier general in the IRGC. This entity had two centers in the cities of al-Emara and Basra.
Its center in Basra was located in the al-Ashar district before the al-Ashar police station. The “al-Imam al-Hadi” office was on the top floor. In this center Sheikh Adnan al-Salehi, Abu Sajjad al-Tamimi and Seyed Mahdi Issa al-Battat were active. In the meantime Sheikh Abdul-Reza Eidawi was in charge of the “Dar al-Quran Institution” in the city of al-Emara.

2. al-Imam al-Hadi Institute: In Basra this entity is managed by an individual by the name of “Abu Tamazor”, whose Iranian name is Mohsen al-Mohsen. He is one of the individuals who receives his salary from the Quds Force. He used to live in Iraq for a long time and was active in the Badr forces personnel and investigations branches. He was also an official of the “al-Tajamo’ al-Islami” linked to Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes and enjoyed strong relations with the “Mobin” and Quds Force. His name was Abu Tamazor in the list of Quds Force salary receivers, with a case file number registered as 35. His bank account number in Iran was 318 and his salary account number was 15242894, with a monthly salary of 24,045,840 rials (roughly around $695 today) from the Quds Force. This was about equal to the salary of an IRGC brigadier general.

3. Madina Monawara Institution: This entity was founded by two individuals by the names of “Abu Farghad” and “Abu Zeki al-Assadi”, and considered one of the front companies linked to the terrorist network directed by al-Mohandes in Iraq. This entity had offices in provinces with a minority Shiite community, and its headquarters was based in Basra’s Tawise district. His true name is “Abu Farghad” Sadeq Abed al-Amir Mohamed al-Sa’dawi, known in Iran by the name of Sadegh Sa’dawi. His name was included in the list of Quds Force salary recipients with a file case number 80, account number 3094 inside Iran, and his salary account number was 6557578. The salary he received on a monthly basis from the Quds Force was 23,783,230 rials (roughly around $690 today. This was about equal to the salary of an IRGC brigadier general.

General Elections
Al-Mohandes was elected into parliament in the 2006 general elections as a representative of Babel Province. Despite the fact that he was wanted by Interpol for committing terrorist crimes in Gulf countries. Al-Mohandes did not take part in a single parliamentary session and fled to Iran out of fear of being arrested. He once again became a candidate in the 2010 general elections, yet he failed to gain a seat and only received 2,933 votes.

Al-Mohandes is currently directing the “Hezbollah Battalions”, consisting of secondary groups such as the Thaeroon, Ghaleboon and Sadeghoun battalions.
From a few months ago “Hezbollah Battalion” militants were stationed in the Baghdad beltway, after a large number of these militias were stationed around the city of Amerli. They were transferred to this area with army helicopters.
According to the information provided by these sources, most of the Iraqi leaders linked to the Quds Force are the same individuals who have worked in Hezbollah battalions back in Iran, and Abu Mostafa al-Sheibani – whose real name is Mostafa Abed al-Hamid Hossein al-Attabi – is known in Iran as Mostafa Attabi. He is a senior official, has long experience in the “Hezbollah Battalions” and is from the city of Nosseriya.
This individual has been active in recruiting mercenaries for the Quds Force ever since December 1986 and his name is mentioned in the list of 32,000 Quds Force agents linked to the IRGC. His case file number in the list of Quds Force personnel is 3510 and he received a monthly salary of 28,758,520 rials (roughly around $830 today).

Fall of Mosul
Following the beginning of the uprisings in Iraq’s Sunni provinces against Nouri al-Maliki’s government, the name of Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes as Qassem Suleimani’s assistant and the leader of all Shiite militia groups in Iraq was heard everywhere. This showed his key role in implementing Quds Force plots.
Following the fall of Mosul to ISIS in June of 2014 and recruiting fighters under the framework of the “Popular Mobilization Force”, al-Mohandes focused on organizing these forces and using them in line with Iran’s interests. In the meantime, some information shows his role in the battles of Jerf al-Sakhar, Diyala, Amerli and Salahadin alongside Qassem Suleimani and other Quds Force commanders.
Despite the fact that his name gained media attention, he refused to appear much in public.
Various Iraqi media outlets in December of last year reported al-Mohandes is the deputy board of directors of the Popular Mobilization Forces. They reiterated he is supervising the second round of training for these units in the Ein al-Assad military base in al-Anbar Province. During his visits to various battlefields he has met with various sheikhs and dignitaries in the districts of Haditha, al-Baghdadi and Barwana.

Information shows that around 40 groups are currently active under the Popular Mobilization Force flag, and al-Mohandes – with his strong relations with Iran’s IRGC – is currently in charge of these units. 

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