News ID: 315106
Published: 0142 GMT July 30, 2021

Iraqi groups vow to force US troops to leave in humiliation

Iraqi groups vow to force US troops to leave in humiliation

US soldiers are seen during a handover ceremony of Taji military base from US-led coalition troops to Iraqi security forces, in the base north of Baghdad, Iraq, on August 23, 2020.

Iraqi Kata'ib Hezbollah resistance movement emphasized that American military must withdraw from the Arab country, and it is ready to force the occupation troops to do so.

The anti-terror group, which is part of the Popular Mobilization Units – better known by the Arabic word Hashd al-Sha’abi – announced in a statement on Thursday that it has resisted and will firmly oppose the dominance of “evil” colonial powers over the natural resources of Iraq, Press TV reported.

The statement added that Kata'ib Hezbollah will continue to carry out its duties regardless of pressures and challenges it might face.

“All resistance groups have become a thorn in the eye of the American enemy. We are fully prepared to once again drive US forces out of Iraq in humiliation,” it read.

Jafar al-Hussaini, spokesman for Kata'ib Hezbollah movement, said Iraq's resistance factions would not target diplomatic missions in the country, describing attacks on the US Embassy in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone as false-flag operations aimed at deceiving the Iraqi nation.

Qais al-Khazali, leader of Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq movement, said the United States does not intend to withdraw its forces from Iraq, stressing that the cost of continued presence of American forces in the country will be heavy.

“US overflights in Iraq are aimed at espionage purposes. Baghdad-Washington negotiations will not result in the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. This is just a deception game,” he added.

Khazali described the Iraqi government's negotiations with the United States and the agreement purportedly ending the US combat mission in Iraq by the end of 2021 as “deceptive” and “bogus”.

US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Monday sealed an agreement formally ending the US combat mission in Iraq by the end of the current year, more than 18 years after US troops were sent to the Arab country.

Under the agreement, however, US military forces will continue to operate in Iraq in what has been termed as an “advisory role”.

A joint Iraq-US statement issued after the meeting said the “security” relationship will be focused on “training, advising and intelligence-sharing”.






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