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US deputy commander walks around Baghdad

Social media outlets have circulated pictures of the deputy commander of the US forces in Iraq walking around Mutanabbi Street in central Baghdad accompanied by Baghdad operations chief Lieutenant General Jalil al-Rubaie.

The images came out Saturday in conjunction with the celebrations of the fifth anniversary of the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq, organized by the Binna’a Coalition, led by the Hadi al-Amiri, and the State of Law Coalition, led by former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, as well as part of the National Axis that refuses the presence of US forces in Iraq.

US President Donald Trump made a quick and secret visit to Iraq on December 26, which was followed by the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) threatening to strike US troops.

The best optimist would have previously bet that the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq would not take place until after 2030, Amiri said during his speech at ceremony, adding that “the resistance” has had a significant impact on the exit of US forces.

It is noteworthy that the term “resistance” was initiated by the Iranian regime for its militias in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen, which it founded under the pretext of supporting Palestine in order to implement its expansion plans in the region.

Amiri said he rejected US requests to establish military bases or have ground forces in Iraq, adding that Iraq needs to unite its ranks and national position to achieve full sovereignty.

Observers consider the presence of the deputy commander of the US forces as a message to the Iranian regime that the US can show up wherever it wishes and the Iranian militias cannot do a thing about it, especially after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani challenged Trump to publicly visit Iraq.

 

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