Iraqi Shiite group says member killed in Syria
Baghdad: An official of an Iraqi Shiite militant group says one of its members was killed in Syria, underscoring how the increasingly sectarian conflict there is drawing in its fragile neighbors.
The official of the Hezbollah Brigades, who requested anonymity because of the matter`s sensitivity, said today that Arfad Mohsen al-Hemedawi was killed "defending holy sites." He offered no further details on the death.
The group is not connected to the better-known Lebanese Hezbollah, although both are Iranian-backed.
It`s the first time that the Iraqi Hezbollah has hinted that its members are fighting in Syria. Other Iraqi Shiite militias have acknowledged sending members there.
Iran and many Iraqi Shiite militants support President Bashar Assad, part of a Shiite offshoot sect. Many Iraqi Sunnis back the largely Sunni rebels.
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