Hezbollah Brigades propaganda specialist captured in Baghdad


Hezbollah Brigades’ logo is nearly identical to that of Lebanese Hezbollah.

Coalition special forces teams, likely the terrorist hunter-killer teams of Task Force 88, have captured a Hezbollah Brigades propaganda specialist during a raid in New Baghdad.

The propaganda specialist was positively identified by his wife after the raid, and he later admitted to his role in seeding websites with attack videos.

“The man uploads web sites with imagery and video taken from attacks on Iraqi Security and Coalition forces,” Multinational Forces Iraq reported in a press release. “Reports indicate this is part of a propaganda effort in order to earn money and support from their Iranian financiers.”

Little information is publicly available on the Hezbollah Brigades, or the Kata’ib Hezbollah. Multinational Forces Iraq indicates the group receives support from Iran and is an “offshoot of Iranian-trained Special Groups.”

The logo used by the Hezbollah Brigades is nearly an exact match of the one used by Lebanese Hezbollah, which is directly supported by Iran. The logo shows an arm extended vertically, with the fist grasping an AK-47 assault rifle. US forces captured Ali Mussa Daqduq inside Iraq in early 2007. Daqduq is a senior Hezbollah commander who was tasked with setting up the Mahdi Army Special Groups along the same lines as the Lebanese terror group.

The Hezbollah Brigades began uploading videos of attacks on US and Iraqi forces this year.

The group has claimed responsibility for the July 8 improvised rocket-assisted mortar, or IRAM, attack on Joint Security Station Ur in northeastern Baghdad [see video]. One US soldier and one interpreter were wounded after eight of the makeshift “flying IEDs” detonated near the outpost. Shia terror groups have launched a handful of IRAM attacks on US and Iraqi outposts in Baghdad.

Hezbollah Brigades also posted video of an attack on a US patrol with an Iranian-supplied, armor-piercing, explosively formed projectile, or EFP.

The capture of the Hezbollah Brigades propaganda expert is the latest in a series of raids against Shia terrorists. Scores of Special Groups operatives have been captured over the past month, including senior leaders, weapons smugglers, financiers, trainers, and cell leaders.

Video of the July 8 IRAM attack on Joint Security Station Ur in Sadr City

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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  • C. Jordan says:

    Nice Catch!

  • mjr007 says:

    [Posted by C. Jordan at July 21, 2008 9:33 AM ET:
    Nice Catch!]
    Absolutely. This thing is far from over.

  • Icon says:

    I appreciate all the excellent reporting from the team at LWJ. The propagandists have another effect stateside, the grainy, amateur, unstable videos are then reported as professionally done and imply how effective the insurgents are. In fact, the LWJ has for a long time documented the ineffectiveness of the insurgents and the excellent work done by Petraeus, et. al. I am proud that Americans are doing outstanding work both in the military and in journalism. Thanks guys.

  • GM Earnest says:

    I’m glad to read that LWJ reported this capture. By arresting and identifying the captured as a “propagandist,” our military shows its sophistication and sends a signal to other “propagandists” that they may earn a ticket to Gitmo for their death videos.
    Thanks, LWJ, for the coverage. This is news I cannot find anywhere else.

  • Therapist1 says:

    It would be nice to hack into their account and start posting videos of these jihadists getting killed, crying in prison or other negative propaganda.

  • Alex says:

    Well since we’re on the topic of propaganda videos, for your entertainment tonight, a short video that explains pretty well why we won in Sadr City: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqgsyIUvzJI


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