Background on Adnan Ibrahim Mohsen Mohseni
(Abu Ali al-Basari)
A Senior Commander of Shiite Militias in Iraq
(Director of Intelligence in Iraqi Ministry of Interior)
Adnan Ibrahim Mohsen Mohseni, with an Iranian identity of Adnan Mohseni, aka Abu Ali al-Basari, was born in 1954 in a town near Basra, southern Iraq. He continued his studies until the fourth year of college. He is known to have lived in Iran for years, where he married and currently has five sons and daughters living there.
Prior to fall of Iraqi regime before 2003
Abu Ali al-Basari fled to Iran in 1982 and joined the Badr forces (recruited by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards) in December of that year. A short while later he was hired by the Quds Force and his name was registered in the list of Quds Force annuitants. His bank account number in the Sepah Bank in Iran was 4702, with a legal code of 4875920, receiving a monthly salary of 2,561,780 rials, equal to a Quds Force brigadier general at the time.
Due to his utter loyalty to the IRGC al-Basari was appointed to the Badr operations command, and a short while later he was appointed as commander of the Badr Corps. His son, Ali, is also a Quds Force annuitant hired in 1998. Ali Adnan al-Mohseni, the son of al-Basari, was known to work in the Badr Corps Administrative Department in Iran.
Terrorist Activities after 2003
Al-Basari was dispatched to Iraq in 2003 and stationed in Basra as the commander of the Badr Corps axis in the country’s southern region.
In 2004 he was appointed as in charge of all cultural affairs in the Badr Organization. The Iranian regime’s Islamic Culture Organization and Propaganda Organization provided financial support for the Badr Organization’s cultural office from 2004 onward. This aid was provided to establish various religious centers and Shiite mosques in Iraq. The Iranian regime’s Islamic propaganda organization prepared books in Arabic and Kurdish for Iraq, and from 2003 to 2004 dozens of trucks containing Arabic books were sent to al-Basari in Iraq by the Iranian regime’s fundamentalist organs. In August 2003 four large flat-bed trucks carrying various types of propaganda books and sound cassettes related to Khomeini and Iranian regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei, and religious and cultural books in Arabic were sent from Iran to Iraq. These books were distributed by al-Basari and elements hired for this very purpose in the four provinces of Basra, Meisan, al-Mothana and Ziqar in southern Iraq. This consignment were delivered to al-Basari in the city of Ahvaz in southwest Iran by the IRGC Quds Force. Abu Tamazor, al-Basari’s chief of staff, was in charge of transferring these books from Ahvaz. These books were loaded onto flat-bed trucks in a tactical base in Ahvaz located at the Malashiye Intersection, and the consignments were sent to Abu Hesam, commander of intelligence of the 9th Badr’s southern axes. Abu Hesam was also al-Basari’s deputy. The coordination related to sending this consignment was made previously arranged al-Basari and Quds Force chief Qassem Suleimani in Tehran.
In the spring of 2004 Jamal Jafar Ibrahim, aka Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, began establishing a number of front entities in order to carry out terrorist attacks in Iraq. Al-Muhandis’ network had contacts in various cities across Iraq, in charge of directing and providing communication between assassination networks in Iraq. These contacts were active under the cover of cultural institutes. One certain entity was “Dar al-Quran”, active southern Iraq and Baghdad, being one of the largest cultural institutes linked to the “Mobeen Headquarters” belonging to the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force in Iraq. The man in charge of this institute was Abu Ali al-Basari. All assassination networks under the cover of the Dar al-Quran Institute were guided under the supervision of al-Basari.
Adnan Ibrahim Mohsen was appointed by Maliki as the caretaker minister of education in July 2007. In addition to having a government post he played a significant role in sectarian assassinations by using death squads linked to the Badr Organization during the recent years.
Al-Basari was appointed as special secret director under Maliki’s premiership.
In 2011 when 12 senior ISIS members fled from prison in Basra all fingers were pointed at al-Basari and his brother, Ammar. The Iraqi Parliament Security Commission held a session in this regard with Maliki taking part and raising the issue of al-Basari and his brother having a role in ISIS members from Basra Prison. Maliki did not allow them conduct an investigation and the issue was closed, altogether. In this secret operation 12 senior ISIS members on death row fled the prison and were transferred to Iran.
After the Fall of Mosul
Following the fall of Mosul and Maliki’s army crumbling, the Badr militia under orders from Qassem Suleimani escalated their activities in various areas of Baghdad and Diyala, northeast of the Iraqi capital. The goal in using Badr militias was their presence in these areas and carrying a major ethnic cleansing of the locals. Al-Basari was a senior commander of the Badr forces along the Baghdad beltway area and played a role in the murder and forced migration of Sunni locals. These activities were carried out alongside another senior Badr commander by the name of Zia al-Ahmadi.
Al-Basari enjoyed very close relations withi Qassem Suleimani and other militia leaders. When operations areas came under the control of Shiite “Popular Mobilization Force” (PMF) unit, the area of Samara in Salahadin Province was placed under al-Basari’s command. His deputy was Abu Ja’far al-Lami, also a senior Badr commander and known element of the Quds Force. As commander of one of these fronts in Salahadin Province al-Basari played a significant role in massacring the locals and forcing Sunnis in to migration from this province. Alongside al-Lami they also took part in the murder, massacre and burning the houses of people in Tikrit and Baiji.
After Mohamed Salem Ghaban was appointed as minister of interior, Quds Force chief Qassem Suleimani emphasized all sensitive Interior Ministry hierarchy posts be placed under the control of senior Badr elements who enjoyed very close relations with the Quds Force. This decision, considering the fact the Interior Ministry was arranged to provide internal security throughout the country, was very important for Iran and acted as an element of expanding their presence and role in Iraq’s security. Therefore, Hadi al-Ameri personally appointed al-Basari as a candidate for the very sensitive role of Interior Ministry intelligence director. Al-Basari immediately began gathering sensitive information for the Badr Organization and Quds Force.
Al-Basri, when commander of the 9th Badr Brigade in Iran, had a number of disputes with al-Ameri. In February 2016 their divides deepened. Despite the fact that in the media Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis is named PMF deputy, he actually considers himself the custodian of this entity and has no trust in al-Ameri’s inner circle. To this end, from day one al-Muhanids began appointing some of his own inner circle, mostly from Basra, such as Abu Hassan al-Basari, with the true identity of Hamid Ibrahim al-Sahlani, and al-Basari, in the PMF high command. Al-Ameri was fiercely against these appointments.