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The Shia Krays: the whole of Iraq is being held to ransom

The whole of Iraq is being held to ransom

15 February 2020

9:00 AM

15 February 2020

9:00 AM

It’s been only six weeks since the death of the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, but already there are a number of local hardmen vying to take his place. Most notable are his sidekicks, the Kray twins of the Shia world: Qais al-Khazali and his brother Laith.

Qais and Laith who? Unless you’ve scanned Washington’s latest list of designated global terrorists, these two names won’t be familiar.

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Colin Freeman is the author of The Curse of the Dulaimi Hotel, about post-war Iraq.

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