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Pro-Iran IMIS in Iraq keep pressuring US to withdraw troops

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The pro-Iran IMIS and Hezbollah Brigades officials in Iraq have threatened the US over the past few months, especially after US President Donald Trump said in an interview with CBS that the US forces would remain in the Ayn Al-Asad airbase in Iraq to monitor Iran.

Trump said, “This way, if somebody starts looking for nuclear weapons, we will know of it before they do it.”

Last month, Shia groups had announced that they were preparing a proposal for US forces to leave Iraq. Some Hashd al -haabi officials threatened that if the US doesn’t leave, they will use force.

Iraqi President Barham Salih also protested Trump's comment, saying that the Iraqi Constitution doesn’t let Iraq be used as a base to hit a neighboring country or to launch attacks.

Salih added that American forces are present as part of bilateral agreements between the two countries in accordance with the law. Anything outside of this framework is "unacceptable," he stressed.

Spokesperson for Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades Mohamed Mohiy, who fight on the same side as the regime forces in Syria and who have a close relationship with Iran, said if the US stays, “every Iraqi will have the legitimate right to resist American soldiers with any and all tools at their disposal”.

Mohiy said they want to give Iraqi MPs a chance to draw up a timeline for the US to withdraw before they launch armed resistance against US soldiers.

He spoke about the initiative to push a proposal in the Iraqi Parliament for US soldiers to leave the country and said the proposal will be “a first step” but they estimate that the US “will stand against the will of the people again” and try to remain in Iraq.

Mohiy said in such a case, both the Hezbollah Brigades and other forces would “go into the second phase” and pick up arms against the US.

Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq leader Qais al-Khazali, who had issued threatening statements before regarding US forces to leave Iraq, spoke after Mohiy's statements, saying that Trump doesn’t understand that Iraq is a strong country now, but if he insists, he can be sure that this will cost him dearly.

US soldiers had withdrawn from Iraq in 2011, but returned as part of the coalition against ISIS in 2014.
Last Modified: Friday، 08 February 2019 07:43 PM
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