US military activities in Iraq ‘violation of national sovereignty’: Iran
Iran has censured the recent US military movements in Iraq as a violation of the Arab country’s national sovereignty, raising the alarm that the actions could precipitate insecurity and danger in the entire West Asia region.
According to Press TV, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said on Tuesday “We regard the military activities that the Americans carry out in Iraq as contrary to the will of the Iraqi nation, government and parliamentarians, also against a bill passed by the Iraqi parliament,”.
“We consider the activities in violation of Iraq’s national sovereignty and regard them as a cause for insecurity and danger in the whole region,” Mousavi added.
On Sunday, Iraqi security sources said new US terrorist troops had been deployed to Ain al-Asad in the Western Iraqi Province of Anbar amid reports that the Pentagon was preparing for a new escalation.
Arabic-language Alma’alomah news agency cited a security source as saying that planes carrying American terrorist soldiers and military advisers had landed at the base.
The reported deployment came after the New York Times said last week that the Pentagon had ordered military commanders to plan for an escalation of American combat in Iraq.
Several American officials told the paper that the Pentagon had ordered planners at the Central Command and in Iraq to draw up a strategy to dismantle Kata'ib Hezbollah, which is part of the anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) or Hashd al-Sha’abi.
The US has time and again targeted PMU's positions, blaming the major anti-terror force for rocket attacks against American terrorist troops based in Iraq over the past few months, a charge the popular group has strongly denied.
Iraqi lawmakers unanimously approved a bill on January 5, demanding the withdrawal of all foreign military forces led by the United States from the country following the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Deputy Head of the PMU, and their companions in a US airstrike authorized by President Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport two days earlier.