In the span of 30 seconds, Ali Jasb, a young human rights lawyer, disappeared overnight in southern Iraq.
One night a year ago, a woman came out of a dimly lit street in the city of Amara, her face hidden in a black abaya, and greeted Jasb. Almost immediately, a black SUV stopped, two men forced it inside, and sped away. The woman got into a waiting truck and drove off.
The last sighting of Jasb, 21, was captured on surveillance camera at 6:22 pm on October 8, 2019. Nothing has been heard from him or his captors.
Since then, Jasb's father has been on a quest for justice that has repeatedly hit a major roadblock: the Iraqi government's growing impotence in the face of powerful Iranian-backed Shiite militias.
Jasb was kidnapped a week after historic protests that erupted acro...