Iraq's politician warns of 'imminent war' as US threatens to target sites linked to resistance groups
An Iraqi politician has warned of an “imminent” American war as Washington threatens to target dozens of Iraqi sites linked to the popular resistance groups if it follows through with a threat to close its embassy in Baghdad.
According to Press TV, citing a report by the Middle East Eye (MEE) news portal, the United States state terrorism has drawn up a list of 80 Iraqi sites linked to the popular resistance groups if it follows through with a threat to close its embassy in Baghdad.
The sites include secret headquarters and shelters used by Hadi al-Amiri and Qais Khazali, the respective leaders of the Badr Organization and Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), as well as sites associated with Kataeb Hezbollah, a faction of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), better known as Hash al-Sha’abi.
Political leaders and commanders said that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had shared hundreds of satellite images of the 80 sites with Iraqi President Barham Salih during a phone call in September.
However, the commander of an Iraqi resistance group dismissed the threatened closure of the embassy as part of a “political game” being played by Washington.
“In our assessment, the crisis is fabricated and the aim is to place the greatest possible pressure on the anti-American forces to give [the Americans] more space in Iraq,” the unnamed commander said.
“The talk about closing the US embassy in Iraq is a clear lie, and no politician with any experience can believe it,” he said.
Anti-American sentiments have been running high in Iraq since the US martyred Iran’s anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, and the deputy head of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in Baghdad on January 3.
Just days later, Iraqi lawmakers unanimously passed a bill mandating the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Iraq.
Iraqi resistance groups have pledged to take up arms against the US terrorist forces if Washington fails to comply with the parliamentary order.