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Iraqi prime minister vows to bring expert's killers to justice

The assassination of an Iraqi expert on militias and extremist groups has raised already heightened security concerns in Iraq.
A general view shows the location where Iraqi jihadism expert Hisham al-Hashemi was shot dead yesterday outside his house in the Iraqi capital Baghdads Zayouna district, on July 7, 2020. - Hashemi was an authoritative voice on Sunni jihadist factions including the Islamic State group, but was also frequently consulted by media and foreign governments on domestic Iraqi politics and Shiite armed groups. He had warm ties with top decision-makers, including President Barham Saleh, but was also trusted by rival

Hisham al-Hashimi, an internationally known Iraqi expert on extremist groups and militias in Iraq and Syria, was assassinated in front of his house in Baghdad's Ziyouna district in the early evening July 6. Hashimi was shot dead by two gunmen while he was leaving his house.

Hashimi was jailed as an opposition figure under Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. After Hussein's overthrow in 2003, Hashimi led several research projects on the Islamic extremist groups, including the books “History of al-Qaeda in Iraq” and “Organization of the Islamic State from Within.” He was a valuable source of analysis on the extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, and Iraqi politics more broadly, for many leading media and research centers, including Al-Monitor, and had a reputation for honesty and integrity throughout Iraq.

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