Jan 12, 2021 08:19 UTC
  • Badge of honor for Iraqi PMU chief to be put on US sanctions list: Bahraini opposition

A Bahraini opposition protest movement has denounced the recent US sanctions against the chairman of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units – better known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, saying the sanctions serve as “a badge of pride” for the official.

The February 14 Youth Coalition —named after the date of the beginning of a popular uprising against Bahrain’s ruling Al Khalifah regime, in a statement on Sunday slammed the sanctions against Falih al-Fayyadh as cowardly, and said the move represents an attack on Iraq's sovereignty, national security, as well as its people.

“The current US administration [led by President Donald Trump] knows that Fayyadh is one of the national Iraqi leaders, who protected the Iraqi nation against US and Takfiri terrorism represented by Daesh and its collaborators. He was among those who thwarted Trump's failed scheme in Iraq and the region,” the statement added.

The February 14 Youth Coalition further noted that recent US sanctions on the PMU chairman denotes the fall of Trump, his Republican party as well as their defeated regional allies.

He, however, added that the sanctions represent a badge of pride for Fayyadh, all PMU leaders and members in addition to the Iraqi Armed Forces.

The Bahraini opposition movement underlined that no future administration at the White House can discourage Fayyadh from continuing his struggle against the US occupation of Iraq, reiterating his solidarity with him and Iraqi people.