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Party head says Pompeo visit 'preparation' to liberate Iraq from IRGC, Iran grip

Head of Iraqi Ummah Party Mithal al-Alusi said Wednesday that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Baghdad came to liberate the country from the terrorist Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Pompeo made an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Tuesday and met Iraq’s prime minister and other top officials to discuss the safety of Americans in Iraq and explain U.S. security concerns amid rising Iranian activity. The visit came two days after U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said the United States was deploying the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and a bomber task force to the region because of a “credible threat by Iranian regime forces”.

Washington has ramped up sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program in recent months and designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group.

“Pompeo made a trip to Iraq to support the government to liberate Iraq from the Iranian domination,” Alusi added.

“We talked to them about the importance of Iraq ensuring that it’s able to adequately protect Americans in their country,” Pompeo told reporters after meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.