Video shows Abrams tank flying flag of the Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada, an Iraqi group which supports Syrian government and is backed by Iran
An Iranian-backed Iraqi militia that actively supports the Syrian government is fighting with American tanks and equipment, according to reports and a video released by the group.
A video posted this week on Youtube shows the flag of the Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS) flying from the back of an M1 Abrams, the US military's main battle tank.
The KSS forms part of the umbrella group Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilisation Units. The PMU was formed in 2014 on the orders of Ali al-Sistani, the spiritual leader of Iraqi Shias, and which has since been funded by the Baghdad government.
The KSS has fought the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq but has also sent forces to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and defend the Zaynab Shrine south of Damascus, which has been the target of repeated attacks by IS.