US sanctions key official in Iraq's powerful Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary force

The United States on Wednesday issued a new wave of sanctions targeting Iranian and Iran-backed entities - including the chief of staff of Iraq's powerful Hashd al-Shaabi (PMU) paramilitary force.

The Treasury Department listed Abdulaziz al-Muhammadawi, also known as Abu Fadak, as a specially designated global terrorist (SDGT) and accused him of having links to the Islamic State (IS)...