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Khazali criticizes US recognition of Israel's authority over Golan

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Qais al-Khazali, leader of Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq criticized the United States' recognition of Israel's authority over the Golan Heights.

Moving the the US embassy to Jerusalem and then recognizing Israel's authority over the Golan are practical steps towards their real project to control all areas from the Euphrates to the Nile, Khazali said.

He added that this dream will crash into a "solid rock" represented by the rejection of the peoples and the strength of the resistance.

Khazali has been known by his hostile stance toward the US.

In December, Khazali condemned the US President Donald Trump's unannounced visit to Iraq, threatening to expel the US troops from Iraq either by law or by another method.

"Trump's visit to a US military base without regard to diplomatic norms reveals the reality of the American project in Iraq," Khazali wrote on Twitter.

 

"The response of the Iraqis will be [translated to a] decision of the Parliament to remove your military forces in spite of you and if you do not come out, we have the experience and the ability to remove them in another way known by your forces who were humiliated and forced to get out in 2011," Khazali stated.

Just one day after Christmas, Trump and his wife Melania arrived in Baghdad to visit the US troops serving in the region, which is his first such visit since taking office in January 2017.

Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi said that he was supposed to meet with the US President Donald Trump during his visit to Iraq, but the meeting was cancelled due to “disagreement over how to conduct the meeting,” the two leaders spoke by phone instead.

The US said the visit was cancelled because of logistic and security issues.

US Presence

Joey Hood, chargé d'affaires at the US embassy in Baghdad, affirmed in February that Iraq still needs the presence of foreign troops inside its territory, saying  that Iraqi armed forces are currently not ready to protect the country.

“The Iraqi armed forces aren’t ready to safeguard [Iraq’s] security without the support of foreign troops,” Hood said.

Khazali slammed Hood's remarks, describing them as an “insult."

“The remarks by Hood about the incapability of Iraqi forces to encounter terror is an insult to all Iraqi forces,” Khazali wrote on Twitter.

The Shi’ite militia leader argued that Hood’s remarks were an attempt to justify the prolonged stay of the US forces in Iraq.

Last Modified: Wednesday، 27 March 2019 01:51 AM
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