Situation in Syria and Iraq

Iraqi resistance to continue struggle until US forces leave

Tasnim News – The fight against the US occupying forces in Iraq will not end until the occupiers totally exit from the Arab country, a senior leader of Iraq’s anti-terror Kata’ib Hezbollah Brigades asid.

“Any kind of resistance is a natural right of the Iraqi people,” Abu Ali al-Askari said in a message on Twitter, warning of harsh retaliation against any attack carried out by the American military.

The ultimate purpose of the Iraqi people’s resistance, he continued, is to force the occupying forces out of the country so that the parliament’s law will be enacted, Press TV reported.

Back in January 2020, the Iraqi parliament passed a law demanding the expulsion of all US-led foreign forces from the Arab country, in response to the US assassination of Iran’s top anti-terror General Qassem Soleimani, along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units, two days earlier.

“Traitors and criminals are those who defend the occupying forces and the murderers of our nation, not those who defend the sovereignty and blood of the people of his country,” al-Askari said.

He also said that Iraqi resistance forces avoid attacking diplomatic missions, even “the embassy of evil (the US) in Baghdad” as a principled policy unrelated to any foreign party.

The American military’s positions, especially the Ain al-Assad airbase that hosts the US troops in the western Iraqi province of al-Anbar, have been targeted repeatedly in the aftermath of the US assassination of the key anti-terror figures.

The Ain al-Assad was initially targeted by dozens of missiles from Iran on January 8, 2020, five days after the assassination, as a part of Iran’s pledged “harsh revenge” against the US military.

The latest attack against the airbase was carried out on Wednesday, more than a week after the US military conducted a deadly air raid against targets reportedly belonging to resistance forces on the Iraqi-Syrian border.

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