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Harakat al-Nujaba, Iraq

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[Harakat al-Nujaba] image located by William Garrison, 2 October 2019

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Flag, Iraq, "Harakat al-Nujaba" militia; a Shia/Shiite-Muslim militia also operating in Syria c. 2019. In the foreground, a variant flag of its normal flag that is seen in the background.


Caption: Members of Iran-backed Iraqi militia Harakat al-Nujaba are seen here in a photo posted on the militia's website on May 13, 2019.
William Garrison, 2 October 2019

[Harakat al-Nujaba] image located by Esteban Rivera, 31 October 2023
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Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba (The Nujaba Movement or HHN; Arabic: حركة حزب الله النجباء, romanized: Ḥaraka Ḥizballāh an-Nujabā’, lit. 'Movement of the Party of God's Nobles', or Movement of the Noble Ones), officially the 12th Brigade is a radical Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitary group that is especially active in Syria and Iraq. It was established in 2013 in support of Bashar al-Assad in Syria against Islamist rebels. The group is supported by the IRGC's Quds Force, which provides the funding, weapons, and training of its members. The militia is also supported by the Lebanese Hezbollah and acts as part of the Axis of Resistance. It is part of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).

The Nujaba Movement adopts the ideology of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and regards Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei as its supreme leader. The group seeks to establish an Iran-aligned government in Iraq, expel U.S. and allied forces from the country, and advance Iranian interests throughout the Middle East. Some of its Units are:

- Liwa Ammar ibn Yasir (English: Ammar ibn Yasir Brigade) (named after one of Imam Ali's closest companions)
- Liwa al-Hamad (English: al-Hamad Brigade)
- Liwa al-Imam al-Hasan al-Mojtaba (English: al-Imam al-Hasan al-Mojtaba Brigade)

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Esteban Rivera, 31 October 2023

Varietal flag

[Golan Liberation Brigade] image located by William Garrison, 26 October 2023

A different flag for "Hakarat al-Nujaba" from

"Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba" or the "Nujaba Movement" or "Movement of the Party of Allah's Nobles", officially the "12th Brigade". It is a Shiite-Muslim militia active in Syria and Iraq in support of Syria's Pres. Bashar al-Assad. The group is operated by Iran's IRGC "Quds Force." As can be seen in the flag's logo, it mimics some imagery from the Lebanese Hezbollah. It is part of Iraq's PMF. Per Wikipedia: "The Nujaba Movement adopts the ideology of the Islamic Revolution in Iran....The group seeks to establish an Iran-aligned government in Iraq." This flag has a flap-pole sleeve at the right.
William Garrison, 26 October 2023

Golan Liberation Brigade

[Golan Liberation Brigade] image located by Esteban Rivera, 14 March 2017

"The Iranian-controlled Iraqi militia Harakat al Nujaba this week announced the formation of its “Golan Liberation Brigade.” While it is not uncommon for entities to name themselves after areas they aim to “liberate,” the militia’s spokesman has said that the unit could assist the Syrian regime in taking the Golan Heights, a region in the Levant that has been controlled by Israel since the 1967 Six-Day War. If true, the unit would likely participate in a future offensive to capture territory from Syrian opposition in the part of the Golan Heights still controlled by Syria, before moving on to the much taller order of dislodging the Israelis across the border. This week’s announcement reflects Tehran’s priorities in southern Syria since finally taking the fiercely contested city of Aleppo late last year: crush Syrian opposition, and pose military threat to Israel from the Golan Heights.

Harakat al Nujaba, or Movement of the Noble, has sustained operations in the Syrian and Iraqi combat zones. An offshoot of the Iranian-backed militias Asaib Ahl al Haq and the Hezbollah Brigades, Harakat al Nujaba was formed in 2013 to fight in the Syrian Civil War as part of Iranian-led Iraqi expeditionary forces. The militia joined the Popular Mobilization Forces, the umbrella organization of Iraqi militia, the following year, after the Islamic State incursion into Iraq. Operating as one of the largest Iraqi-Shiite militia contingents in Syria, the militia has claimed to field 10,000 forces. Harakat al Nujaba played an important role in assisting Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and pro-Syrian regime forces conquer Aleppo late last year.

Harakat al Nujaba also released a video promoting the Golan unit that showed fighters marching in columns and carrying a banner reading, “Israel will be destroyed.”"
Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba (abbreviated Harakat al-Nujabaas) has its own flag ( Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba (HHN; Arabic: حركة حزب الله النجباء‎‎ Ḥaraka Ḥizballāh an-Nujabā’, "Movement of the Party of God's Nobles") is an Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitary group. It emerged from the Iraqi paramilitary Asaib Ahl al-Haq in 2013. It is not a splinter group (according to the Wikipedia article, while according to "THe Long War Journal" it states that it is an offshoot). The group openly receives training, arms, and military advice from Iran.

The group is divided into four brigades:
- Liwa Ammar Ibn Yasir (Ammar Ibn Yasir Brigade)
- Liwa al-Hamad (Praise Brigade)
- Liwa al-Imam al-Hassan al-Mujtaba (Brigade of Imam Hassan the Chosen)
- Golan Liberation Brigade"

Esteban Rivera, 14 March 2017