Citing insufficient evidence, the Iraqi military has released Qasim Muslih an Iranian proxy militia commander arrested on May 26, government officials said on Wednesday.

Iraqi Security Forces had arrested Muslih, who commands the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in Iraq’s western Anbar province, on what was said were charges under the country’s anti-terrorism law. He was brought before a joint investigative committee to answer questions about his involvement in several events.

Muslih Could Be Linked to a Number of Attacks

Muslih was questioned about the recent attacks on the Ain al-Asad airbase that houses the U.S. and coalition troops. The base has been struck four times by rockets and drones in May. 

However, Iraqi security officials were quoted by the AFP as saying that Muslih’s arrest was tied to the arrest and extrajudicial killing of two Iraqi social activists. Muslih reportedly gave the order to kill Ehab al-Wazni on May 9 and Fahim al-Taie on December 2019.