Mar 31, 2020 05:52 UTC
  • Iraq’s Nujaba warns of ‘decisive’ response to any US attack

A senior official with Iraq's Nujaba Movement warned of a “decisive” response to any potential attack by the US against the resistance group’s positions in the future.

According to Press TV, Haydar al-Lami told Baghdad al-Youm on Monday Iraq’s resistance forces are fully prepared to show a “decisive” and “harsh” response to any US attacks against the positions of Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

"The US will receive a harsh response if it conducts any mischief against us," he said. 

The remarks came after Iraqi security sources said on Sunday that new US terrorist troops have been deployed to Ain al-Asad Airbase in the western Iraqi Province of Anbar amid reports that the Pentagon was preparing for a new escalation.

Arabic-language Almaalomah news agency cited a security source as saying that planes carrying American soldiers and military advisers had landed at the base.

The reported deployment comes 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 which the popular group has strongly denied.