Feb 28, 2021 09:30 UTC
  • Iraqi resistance groups: US to pay heavy price for airstrikes

Iraqi resistance groups have condemned a recent US aerial assault against positions held by anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) on the Syrian border, saying the attack will prove to be very costly for Washington.

According to Press TV, in a joint statement released on Saturday, the groups said the bombing of PMU observation posts will destroy the understanding and rules of engagement that have already been reached among various sides. 

“Such actions by the United States will not be the last and will be repeated, but they will definitely prove the most costly for the Americans,” the statement said. 

The groups also asked the Iraqi government to clarify its stance on the attack and other acts of the occupying forces.

They called on the government to provide a "full, transparent and sufficient explanation" about US claims that Iraqi officials had provided intelligence collaboration in the attack on PMU which is widely known as Hashd al-Sha'abi.

Moreover, the groups underlined the need for "a proper response to the US crime", warning that any laxity in this regard would bring about dire consequences.

In their statement, the Iraqi resistance groups took aim at the "traitors making absurd excuses to legitimize the presence of criminal American occupying forces on Iraqi soil, something that runs counter to the law and the constitution".

"They are also slandering the opponents of the US presence and those confronting the occupiers,” the groups said, reminding of the January 2020 parliamentary resolution that demands the withdrawal of all foreign military from Iraq.

Friday’s US airstrikes against Iraq’s popular anti-terror forces have sparked a flurry of outrage and drawn condemnation even from American politicians, with many of them saying such attacks would encourage terrorism in the region.

Washington said the strikes on the positions of the Kata'ib Hezbollah group along the Iraq border were in response to rocket attacks against US targets in Iraq, but the force has denied any role in the attacks. 

Last week, numerous reports emerged about unusual movements by US terrorist troops near the border between Iraq and Syria.

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