ERBIL — Commander of Badr Brigade, Hadi al-Ameri, and Commander of Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Qais Khazaali, were arrested in Baghdad’s Jadiriyah District, local reports claimed early hours on Friday.
The two top commander, who worked under the umbrella of pro-Iran Hashd al-Shaabi, were reportedly arrested by US Marines, al-Hurra reported.
No official source has yet confirmed the arrest of Ameri and Khazaali.
It comes less than an hour after attacks on a vehicle convoy at Baghdad International Airport killed multiple militiamen and commanders, including Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Hashd al-Shaabi.
A US official previously confirmed that the US had hit two targets in Baghdad linked to Iran.
Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraq’s state TV confirmed the death of Soleimani and Muhandis.