A strong bloc in Iraq’s parliament called on Monday for the withdrawal of US troops in Iraq, after a series of airstrikes targeting Iran-backed Shiite militias in the nation which were blamed Israel.
The Fatah Coalition stated it retains the usa entirely accountable for its alleged Israeli aggression,”that we believe for a declaration of war on Iraq and its people.”
The coalition’s announcement came a day after a drone attack from the western Iraqi city of Qaim murdered a commander with all the forces — the most up-to-date in strikes seemingly conducted by Israel from the Iranian-backed militias in Iraq. It added that US troops are no more wanted in Iraq.
“There is not any greater God but God!”
The US defense department issued a statement Monday denying responsibility for the current strikes and promising to collaborate with Iraqi investigations.
“We encourage Iraqi sovereignty and have spoken out from any possible actions by outside actors inciting violence in Iraq,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan R. Hoffman stated. “The government of Iraq has got the right to control their own inner safety and safeguard their democracy.”
Anger is mounting in Iraq after a spate of mystical airstrikes which have targeted military bases along with a weapons depot belonging to Iran-backed militias. The drone strikes have never been maintained by some other side but US officials have said Israel was supporting one of those strikes. The strikes have been threatening to destabilize security in Iraq, which has struggled to stay neutral in the battle between Washington and Tehran.
“These strikes will not break usthey’ll make us stronger,” that the militias’ Lt. Gen. Hussein Abed Muttar told The Associated Press in the funeral.
Together with the commander, the other member of the Shiite militia was murdered in the drone attack on Sunday evening near the Qaim border crossing with Syria. The assault targeted vehicles belonging to the Hezbollah Brigades faction, also called Brigade 45, which function under the umbrella of their state-sanctioned Shiite militias.
US forces withdrew from Iraq in 2011, but returned 2014 at the invitation of the authorities to help fight the Islamic State team after it captured vast regions in the west and north of the nation, such as Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. A US-led coalition supplied critical air service as Iraqi forces regrouped and, along with the PMF, drove IS out at a pricey three-year campaign.
The US claims about 5,000 troops in Iraq, and a few groups say there is no more a justification for them to be there today that IS was defeated.
“While we reserve the right to react to such Zionist attackswe maintain the global coalition, especially the USA, entirely accountable for this aggression that we believe a declaration of war on Iraq and its people,” the announcement by the Fatah Coalition explained.
Iraqi President Barham Saleh hosted a meeting Monday that comprised the prime minister and parliament speaker in addition to PMF militia leaders to go over the current strikes.
An announcement issued following the meeting prevented blaming the drone strikes on any particular nation, but described it as a”blatant act of aggression” aimed at pulling the PMF from the continuing purpose of eradicating fires of the Islamic State team.
Absent from the meeting were the pioneers of two of the most effective factions closely connected to Iran, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qais al-Khazali. An official who attended the meeting said that they had been in Iran.