Analysis: Iraqi Shi'ite Militias 'Shocked' By Soleimani's Killing
The U.S. strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's elite Quds Force, has caused shock and confusion among the ranks of Iran-backed Shi'ite militias in Iraq. That's according to Radio Sawa correspondent Saleem al-Abbasi. Speaking to RFE/RL in Prague on January 3, Al-Abbasi doubted that anyone could replace Soleimani or match his influence among militia groups in the region. Radio Sawa is an Arabic-language radio station operated by the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, a sister station to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.