Powerful Iraqi Militia Leader Appears on Lebanon-Israel Border

Sheikh Qais Al-Khazali, the Iraqi the secretary general of the Shiite group Asaib Ahl al-Haq (The League of the Righteous), speaks during a demonstration in the Iraqi mainly Shiite southern city of Basra on January 6, 2016 against the execution of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi authorities in …
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(AP) — BEIRUT  — A powerful Iran-backed Iraqi militia commander has visited the Lebanon-Israel border expressing support for the Lebanese and Palestinians against the Jewish state.

Qais al-Khazali (pictured) of the Iranian-backed Asaib Ahl al-Haq, or League of the Righteous, a group that staged major attacks against US troops before their withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, appeared in military uniform in a video while touring the border with Israel along with members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group.

The visit was blasted by Prime Minister Saad Hariri who said in a statement that it was a violation of Lebanese law, adding that it happened six days ago. Hariri ordered that al-Khazaali be banned from entering Lebanon again.

The video was aired by Asaib Ahl al-Haq al-Ahd TV station Thursday night.

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