Resistance forces won't put down their weapons amid threat: Iraqi leader
A senior Iraqi leader says the Islamic resistance forces will not lay down their arms as long as Iraq is under threat.
According to Press TV, Qais al-Khazali, leader of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq movement said the Iraqi government is entitled to using weapons in order to restore stability to the country.
However, he noted that the Iraqi resistance forces will continue carrying arms as long as the country is in danger.
Speaking in an interview with the Al-Iraqiya TV, which was aired on Thursday, Khazali said resistance forces carry weapons for a specific goal and reason.
“Once that goal is achieved, they will lay down their weapons,” he noted.
He said he is opposed to rocket attacks against the US embassy, and so are many other groups, as it is a diplomatic site.
“Resistance groups are opposed to [the US] occupation; we do not approve of rocket attacks against diplomatic centers,” he added.
The popular group and other resistance forces have strongly rejected any involvement in the attacks. They even agreed last month to stop military operations against US and foreign forces in Iraq to allow them to leave the West Asian country.
Khazali, however, says the ceasefire announced by Islamic resistance groups has come to an end as two conditions for the truce have not been met.
“The two conditions included Iraq’s control over its airspace and setting up a timetable for the withdrawal of American occupying forces from Iraq,” he said in the Thursday interview.
“We will establish the principle of our full right to confront alien forces militarily,” he added.
Anti-American sentiments have been running high in Iraq since the US terrorists martyred Iran’s anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, and deputy head of Iraq’s anti-terror 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.
The US has refused to withdraw its troops, with US President Donald Trump balking at the idea with the threat to seize Iraq's oil money held in bank accounts in the United States.
Iraqi resistance groups have pledged to take up arms against US forces if Washington fails to comply with the parliamentary order.