Hadi al-Ameri is a loyal element of the Quds Force in Iraq, following all orders and pursuing their policies to the end.
Al-Ameri was a candidate from Diyala Province and a member of the Badr militant group in the State of Law slate in the 2014 parliamentary elections. He was able to enter 20,049 votes into the ballot boxes and be elected as an MP from Diyala Province. His elections as an MP from Diyala came with massive fraud and Iran went the distance through its elements to have him elected as an MP.
In the 2010 elections al-Ameri was a member of the State of Law coalition from Diyala Province. After massive fraud, vote rigging, threats and terrorizing he was able to enter the Iraqi Parliament as a representative of Diyala with 21,548 votes. In the second term of former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, he was appointed as the Minister of Transportation.
Hadi Farhan Abdullah al-Ameri, aka Abu Hassan Ameri, is known in Iran as Hadi Ameri. He was born in 1954 in Diyala Province. His wife is Iranian and his children live in Iran. He has a home in Tehran’s Miftah district where commanders of the Quds Force and Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Fort Ramadan reside. Prior to the fall of the former Iraqi government, he used to live in Iran and returned to Iraq in 2003.
Years living in Iran and membership in IRGC Quds Force
Back in 1982 Al-Ameri was a senior member of the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq back in Tehran. During the course of the Iran-Iraq War he was a commander of an IRGC infantry battalion. For some time he was a senior official of the Intelligence Department and then in charge of the 9th Badr Division operations. In 1991 Hakim transferred the command of operations inside Iraq to al-Ameri, while keeping his post as the 9th Badr operations officer. In 1997 he was appointed as head of the 9th Badr staff. After Abu Ali Basari was set aside from his post as the 9th Badr commander, his deputy, Abu Mahdi Mohandess, was appointed as the commander of the 9th Badr forces. In 2002 al-Ameri was appointed as the 9th Badr commander. He had undergone his military command and staff training at the IRGC “Imam Hossein University”.
He is in close contact with senior IRGC Quds Force commanders such as Qassem Suleimani, Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi and Brigadier General Ahmad Foruzandah (commander of Fort Ramadan) and others. He receives his orders directly from Quds Force.
At his time working in the IRGC his bank account number was 3014, and his paycheck code was 3829597, receiving 2,601,783 rials at that time. This was equivalent to the paycheck of a brigadier general.
During the Iran-Iraq War al-Ameri was a member of the IRGC fighting in various warfronts alongside IRGC troops against Iraqi forces.
Relations with Iranian regime, operations against coalition forces and Iranian dissidents in Iraq
Following the fall of the former Iraqi state, al-Ameri remained under the orders of the Quds Force and continuously travels to Iran to present reports, be briefed and receive new orders. He plays a very important role in the IRGC and Quds Force gaining increasing control over security, military and administrative apparatuses in Iraq.
When coalition forces were present in Iraq al-Ameri had time again covertly travelled to Iran and presented reports of their work in person to Qassem Suleimani.
On April 20th, 2003 he went from Kut to Kermanshah, and in Iran he had sessions with Quds Force commanders.
On April 30th of that year in Kermanshah he met with Abuzar Khalesi – who had arrived in Kermanshah the day before from Baquba, capital of Diyala Province in Iraq. He received his new orders from Brig. Gen. Jafari.
On April 28th, 2004 he attended a session in Ahvaz along with Fort Fajr commanders and held meetings with Quds Force commanders in the Iran-Iraq border regions.
Al-Ameri very specifically explained his allegiance to the Iranian regime in an interview. Azzaman International daily wrote on June 9th, 2007: “Hadi al-Ameri, chief of the Badr Organization known to murder their political opponents, recently travelled to Egypt and had a meeting with Omar Suleiman, head of the Egypt Intelligence Organization, in which he admitted to his mercenary nature and being despised. He told Arab governments, “You abandoned us. You sold us out. We had no other choice but the Iranian regime.”
Al-Ameri in the years of 2005 and 2006 launched an apparatus named “Jihaz Markazi” in the Iraqi Interior Ministry. This entity was busy physically annihilating those opposing the concept of Iran gaining further control and influence in Iran.
In 2006, under Quds Force orders he organized a terror network against US forces by hiring retired Badr commanders. This network used precision guided bombs, sniper rifles and various types of missiles against US forces.
Terrified over developments in the region, especially the fall of Qaddafi in Libya, the imminent overthrow of the Syrian dictator and the entire region literally falling apart, Khamenei summoned his Iraqi agents for a week to Mashhad (northwest Iran) under the pretext of the “International General Assembly of the Ahl al-Beit”. These sessions were held on September 13th, 16th and 17th, 2011. Khamenei’s objective in holding these sessions were to prevent the fall of the vulnerable front in Iraq. Furthermore, if developments heat up in the region he would be able to impose his control over Iraq.
Al-Ameri took part in these sham session as an Islamic scholar. The repulsive scene of al-Ameri kissing Khamenei’s hand clearly showed the nature this minister of Maliki’s cabinet and his proxy measures for Khamenei. These scenes were aired again and again by Iranian regime state-run TV.
Bypassing sanctions imposed on Iran by taking advantage of Iraqi transport means
From the time when Hadi al-Ameri was appointed as the Iraqi Minister of Transportation, he had placed all the assets of this ministry at the disposal of his own family, the Badr Organization and the Iranian regime’s Quds Force. Hadi al-Ameri has appointed Badr personnel into various positions of this ministry and Iraq’s airports. As a result, the transfer of all militia groups and special units to receive training from Iran and then taken to Syria were all provided through this ministry. Moreover, the Quds Force used Iraqi airports to transfer weapons to Syria. Baghdad International Airport provided an office for the Quds Force under the pretext of aerial services. Since Iran cannot obtain certain banned products due to international sanctions, Hadi al-Ameri used to import these items from other countries into Iraq and thus have them smuggled into Iran. Al-Ameri also transferred much of Iraq’s equipment and supplies to Iran and through these measures Tehran was able to resolve much of its air transportation needs. Al-Ameri had become the main provider of Iran’s airplane spare parts with Iraqi money, and he played the main role in launching flights from Iran. All personnel in Iraqi airports were elements related to the Badr Organization and proxies of Iran. Therefore, they never faced any problems in transferring and smuggling goods.
Facilitating oil smuggling in order to bypass sanctions was yet another service provided by al-Ameri to Tehran. He played a major role by using the ministry’s tankers to transfer oil and other oil-based products from Iran to Iran, and vice versa, especially through Basra Province.
Ministry of Transportation: Badr militia headquarters
After being appointed as the Minister of Transportation, al-Ameri transferred a large number of his militia members into the ministry. Badr militia personnel in the Ministry of Transportation used the assets of this entity to murder and massacre Sunnis in Baghdad and other provinces. Abducting the Sunnis and then killing them were methods known to be used by al-Ameri’s elements in Baghdad and Diyala Province to cement a climate of fear amongst the population, and to gain the hegemony and upper hand in these areas. Al-Ameri used the ministry assets in Baghdad International Airport to establish a military training center for Badr recruits. This site is located near the “Golden Division” base in the airport. The Badr military wing is stationed in a large warehouse and the personnel inside were transferred by al-Ameri, all officially hired by the Badr Organization. All individuals had official administrative order issued for them. These personnel were divided into different fields of training and began their activities in various areas along with Maliki’s spies, known as Awakening groups.
Following the fall of Mosul and Maliki’s army literally crumbling, Shiite group leaders, including al-Ameri, launched a widespread campaign to recruit volunteers. Using volunteers alongside Badr militias was in line with Quds Force orders demanding to launch an entity named the Iraqi Revolutionary Guards. From March 2014, following the series of defeats suffered by Maliki’s forces in their confrontations with the armed tribes, the orders to form the Iraqi Revolutionary Guards with a low unit number was placed high on the agenda for the Quds Force. Salar Abnush, commander of the Revolutionary Guards in Ghazvin Province of Iran, delivered a speech in April 2014 announcing the formation of the Iraqi Revolutionary Guards.
“We are currently witnessing the fact that Revolutionary Guards are being formed in other countries, and they are playing a major role in these states, including the Iraqi Revolutionary Guards, playing a major role in Iraq,” he said to reports.
These remarks by Abnush was a reference to the steps taken by al-Ameri in forming a popular mobilization unit according to the example set in Iran’s IRGC Bassij.
Following the crumbling of Maliki’s army and the formation of the Popular Mobilization Force (PMF), al-Ameri in early July 2014 summoned former Badr commanders from Iraq’s southern provinces to Baghdad. This was taking place under Quds Force orders. All these commanders received promotions and were placed into various command posts. After undergoing special training supervised by Quds Force commanders in the main Badr headquarters in Baghdad’s Jaderiya Avenue they were appointed as commanders of volunteer recruits from provinces including Karbala, Najaf and Babel.
In line with forming the Iraqi Revolutionary Guards, Qassem Suleimani – in coordination with al-Ameri – ordered a large number of these militia forces to be recruited from Diyala Province and sent to Karbala’s Ibrahimiya district for special training at a Quds Force center.
In addition to the Ibrahimiya site, Quds Force elements launched a new location for the training of these individuals located in Karbala’s Tal Zeinabiya district. This site is specifically associated for individuals lacking military training and they had not even undergone basic rifle training.
Quds Force using 9th Badr militias against Sunni province tribes
As Maliki’s forces suffered back-to-back defeats in the al-Anbar and Mosul fronts, a number of Quds Force commanders and experts stationed in Baghdad and began evaluating the status quo of the battle fronts. Quds Force military experts in their initial evaluations reached this conclusion that the urgent solution in the current conditions was in using its associated militias, including Asaeb al-Haq, Katayeb Hezbollah and Badr militants that had to be re-organized. Under orders issued by Quds Force and by placing Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as an example, the 9th Badr forces were re-organized and dispatched to various fronts in Diyala Province. In this structure he called upon all former Badr commanders that were Quds Force proxies in Iran in the past, and dispatched them as Badr battalions on combat missions. To this end, former 9th Badr commander Abu Mahdi Mohandess – very close to Qassem Suleimani – was used for these purposes and he is currently acting as Suleimani’s chief-of-staff in Iraq.
The Quds Force ordered Hadi al-Ameri to immediately hold a session for his affiliated sheikhs and launch a special campaign for the Badr forces. Al-Ameri held the session in the 9th Badr office in Baghdad’s Jaderiya Avenue. He then dispatched these forces along with Asaeb and Katayeb militias to various fronts in Diyala Province.
Al-Ameri also called on his commanders to launch recruit campaigns in their areas. These volunteer forces were first registered, and then received arms and equipment from the government. These volunteers were then dispatched with senior Badr elements to various training sites. The weapons Badr militias receiving in this campaign included: rifles, BKC light machine guns, mortars, 107mm mini-Katiusha rockets and 14.5mm single-barrel machine guns. Most of the 9th Badr-affiliated militias were transferred to the orchards of Baghdad’s Addore region to undergo their training.
Hadi al-Ameri is Qassem Suleimani’s deputy and completely in charge of military affairs in Diyala Province, and commander of the militia and PMF units in Salahaddin and al-Anbar provinces appointed by Khamenei. All units, including Asaeb al-Haq, Badr, Katayeb Hezbollah and other military forces were under his command. Qassem Suleimani specifically stipulated for al-Ameri that Maliki and his government have no responsibility in defending Diyala Province, and he and only he is in charge of all matters in this province.
Older units and new recruits associated to the Badr forces were all independent infantry battalions, not merged into government military and security units. In fact, they were all under the command of Hadi al-Ameri himself. Following orders issued by Qassem Suleimani to those older Badr commanders that were brought into duty once again under the certain conditions, they were all given promotions, raises and special pensions. For example, those individuals who were lieutenant colonels in the Iran-Iraq War were brought into action once again as colonels.
According to Khamenei’s proposals, the Quds Force intends to form a unit similar to the IRGC alongside the army and military-security forces. They are waiting for the organization and military structure of militia groups to be stabilized and have the necessary political grounds set. Arrangements were made for Maliki’s government to officially announce the formation Iraqi Revolutionary Guards.
Request Made by Hadi al-Ameri for Sensitive Ministries 3 Months Before Government Formation
Hadi al-Ameri and the Badr Organization, who act in complete cooperation with Maliki in Iraq, held a session in June 2014, just three months before the cabinet formation, at the Badr HQ in Baghdad’s Jaderiya region. Al-Ameri said he has reached an agreement with Maliki that in the next government led by Maliki the Badr Organization will have two ministries and one of the deputy prime ministry posts. These two ministries included Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Transportation. According to al-Ameri this plan made arrangements for Ahmed al-Khafaji, head of the Interior Ministry intelligence to be appointed as the Interior Minister. The Quds Force and Khamenei had emphasized to Maliki they wish to see the Ministry of Transportation remain under Badr control since this ministry is currently host to the highest coordination and cooperation with Tehran, both in transferring boots and equipment to Syria through Iraq, bypassing sanctions and money-laundering, acting as a mediator to provide for Iran’s war necessities, and even in providing spare parts of Iranian planes. This ministry had placed all its assets in Iraqi airports at Iran’s disposal. Of course, the Quds Force schemes ended in complete failure when Maliki was sacked and Haider al-Abadi became the Prime Minister. As a result, Hadi al-Ameri and the 9th Badr were not able to reach the Quds Force demands.
In late July 2014, in an inhumane crime carried out by 9th Badr elements led by al-Ameri, Maliki’s transportation minister at the time, a large number of Sunni youths in the regions of al-Adhim, Khalis and Baquba in Diyala were abducted and murdered. These mercenaries were saber-rattling and attempting to cement a climate of fear amongst the population by leaving the bodies of their victims hanging from light poles in the cities of Khalis and Baquba. These Sunnis were killed under the pretext of being members of ISIS.
Militia units associated to Hadi al-Ameri executed 15 Sunni youths and left the corpses hanging from light poles in a square, according to local police in Diyala Province.
Their objective was to prevent any Sunnis remaining in cities with mixed populations. The victims were amongst those abducted less than a month before their execution.
This was a tactic used by Badr militias, to leave dead bodies hanging in squares to terrify the Sunni community.
According to international media reports and human rights organizations in recent weeks a new wave of such abductions, murders and mandatory displacements have taken place against the Sunnis in Iraq. To this day these measures have left behind a large number of victims. These crimes were carried under the command of the terrorist Quds Force.
Al-Ameri’s Role in Murdering and Killing Sunni Tribes in Salahaddin
In the Salahaddin Province liberation operations, planned by the Quds Force and carried out under the direct command of Qassem Suleimani, Hadi al-Ameri and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandess, and carried out by 9th Badr, Katayeb, Asayeb, Najba and Khorasani militants in early March 2015 ended in complete failure and a harsh defeat. They were not able to retake Tikrit from ISIS and suffered heavy casualties. Finally, the US entered the scene and carried out heavy airstrikes on ISIS, forcing them to retreat from Tikrit and allowing the militias to enter the city and carry out massive crimes. They would arrest anyone remaining in the city on charges of being ISIS members. They would also evacuate and plunder all of the people’s homes, turning Tikrit into a completely war-stricken city with all its infrastructures completely destroyed by the militias.
Terror Attacks Inside Iraq
Ameri was active in an IRGC infantry battalion during the Iran-Iraq War. He was then ordered by Khomeini to form the 9th Badr group and was placed in charge of its operations. From 1991 and following the Persian Gulf War, the Quds Force placed al-Ameri in charge of terror operations inside Iraq.
Hadi al-Ameri played the main role in carrying out 150 terrorist attacks in Iraq between 1992 and 2003, lea