Biden becomes the fourth successive President to bomb Iraqis: how far could this latest round of escalation go?

Biden becomes the fourth successive President to bomb Iraqis: how far could this latest round of escalation go?

March 04, 2021

By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog

Another president, another act of aggression. For the past few decades, it’s almost like a mandatory rite of passage for US presidents to bomb Muslim countries. I don’t think many of us are surprised to see that current US President Joe Biden turned out to be no different to his predecessors, when Washington once more bombed Iraqis last week.

Continuing the same policy of terrorism and humiliation from the Trump era, Washington felt the need to show strength against the Resistance forces on the Syrian-Iraqi border area. What angers me most, is not just the terrorist act of killing people who are fighting US occupation and US backed terrorism, but the fact that Washington cannot and will not recognize that there is a growing local resistance to Zionist hegemony, instead resorting to degrading and humiliating legitimate resistance groups such as Hashd al-Sha’abi of Iraq (PMU) or the Houthis of Yemen by labelling them “Iranian backed proxies”.

Everything and everyone that oppose Washington and Zionist hegemony in West Asia are “Iranian backed”. Whether it is a Houthi attack on a Saudi airport, a Taliban attack on a NATO convoy or a suspiciously random rocket attack on a US base in Iraq, it is always Iran’s fault and somehow the Islamic Republic must be held responsible for these attacks. Both Washington and the Zionist entity keep attacking Resistance forces in the very area where ISIS remnants have been re-emergent for the past months, claiming their right to self defense. Self defense?! America is more than 10 000 kilometres away. US troops are occupying Syrian and Iraqi territory and Washington claims the right to self defense? This narrative has been drilled into the minds of so many people in the West that nobody even reacts when one of the Obama gang’s old crude liars, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby was telling the press that Washington acted to “de-escalate” the situation when it bombed Resistance forces on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

What Kirby really meant by “de-escalation” was that he believes that Washington sent Iran and its allies a “clear message”, that messing with Washington is unwise. The sad part is that he and the other psychopaths in Washington actually believe that the so called “message” will in any way deter the Resistance forces in West Asia. It is pretty clear what the US is doing with these random attacks on the Resistance forces. Washington knows the realities on the ground and acts in response to them. In Syria, it has become clear for Washington that Damascus won’t fall, that dream came down crashing when Russia entered the war in 2015. So, Washington is acting to deny Syria and her allies their well deserved victory through the occupation and looting of eastern Syria. Washington will act for as long as it takes to starve the Syrian people into submission.

In Iraq, Washington, being well aware that the Iraqi parliament has voted to expel US forces from Iraq, is desperately seeking new reasons to prolong their occupation. Be it through the magical re-emergence of Daesh terrorists in Western Iraq or through suspicious Katyusha rocket attacks on US interests in Baghdad’s green zone, which are then blamed on the Iraqi Resistance forces without any kind of evidence presented, Washington is seeking to undermine the Iraqi parliament’s decision.
In Iraq, Washington has a foothold in Baghdad not seen in Syria’s Damascus. It is through this foothold that Washington wields influence over many Iraqi politicians and thus has the ability to cause great internal disunity and animosity among Iraqis themselves.

Washington has both great influence over the Kurds in northern Iraq and over the Prime Minister’s office. PM Al-Kadhimi is known to be a close associate of Washington’s and is suspected to be cooperating with the US to prolong their stay in Iraq. During his tenure, tensions between Baghdad and the PMU have run high as government forces have made random raids on the PMU headquarters, arresting some members even. Yet even more dangerous is the escalating tensions between Washington and the PMU. On Wednesday March 3rd, a new rocket attack on the Ain Al-Assad military base was reported. This is the same military base that was struck by the IRGC last year in retaliation for Washington’s murder of martyrs Soleimani and Al-Muhandis. Previously the PMU had vowed revenge for Washington’s attack last week, which makes it rather obvious that Washington will blame the PMU for this recent strike.

With this latest round of escalation, one wonders what will happen next? Of course I’m just speculating but I see some real dangers with tensions running this high. I believe that Washington could very well seek to push Iraq into a new civil war in a bid to eradicate the Hashd al-Sha’abi. Many of the groups within the PMU have threatened to wage war on US forces if Washington refuses to withdraw. Unfortunately, this threat by the PMU can easily be exploited by the US, giving Washington a casus belli, as they intensify their “defensive” airstrikes while claiming to support Baghdad’s campaign to bring “stability” to Iraq. Such an endeavour could risk dragging several regional countries into the conflict as the Islamic Republic could be forced to intervene on behalf of the Iraqi Resistance forces. It is clear that Washington cannot and will not attack Iran directly, such an adventure would be too risky for the crazies in the White House and Pentagon. However, fighting “Iranian backed” forces and rolling back Iranian influence could serve to both solidify the continued US occupation of Iraq in the short term, and prevent the Resistance forces from achieving complete victory, in the mid-to-long term. In order to manufacture consent, Washington must portray their actions as both “defensive” and in service of “stability and peace”. Having others fight Washington’s wars for them is a speciality for the Empire. This is why I believe the most likely scenario to be one where Washington attempts to pit Baghdad against the PMU, then sweep in to “help” Baghdad “preserve stability”. This strategy has been used in different ways before by the Obama regime when it unleashed the Daesh terrorist group in Iraq, then claimed to fight the same terrorists it had armed and trained, in a bid to continue their occupation of Iraq and pressure pro-Iran PM Nouri Al-Maliki to resign. Obama then did the same thing in Syria with the support of Kurdish militants in a bid to pressure Damascus into concessions. Trump continued on the same path but went even further when his administration began using phony attacks on “US interests” in Iraq as a pretext for direct confrontation with the PMU, a path that ultimately led to the murder of Martyrs Soleimani and Al-Muhandis. The then-secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that Washington had acted to “stabilize” Iraq with the murder of these “terrorists” who were “hated among Iraqis”.

Iraq is key to the Resistance Axis and cannot fall into enemy hands. It is however also the most vulnerable of the countries where the Resistance forces are active, as not only does Washington have great influence over Baghdad, but also over the Kurdish autonomous region in the north.

Supporting Kurdish independence is another way that Washington could seek to attack the Resistance Axis. This can be seen in Syria as well where the Kurdish militants are acting as excellent proxy troops for Washington, occupying about a third of the country and helping US forces in the looting of Syrian oil. Kurdish parties also have excellent ties to the Zionist entity in Tel Aviv, as Zionist chieftain Netanyahu has on several occasions been a vocal supporter of Kurdish independence, often likening the Kurdish people’s cause with the Zionist one. The reactionary Kurdish parties, who are too ignorant and too greedy to understand and realize that they are being used as cannon fodder to further US imperial ambitions, will be more than happy to wage war on Syria and Iraq with US support behind them.

It’s been almost 10 years since the war in Syria began, and 18 years since the war in Iraq began, and still there seems to be no peace in sight for any of the Arab countries. Biden has been in office in less than two months, but in my opinion, the next four years seem to be rather clear in terms of Washington’s policies towards the West Asia region- the long wars will continue and more blood is to be expected. Bush bombed Iraq, Obama bombed Iraq, Trump bombed Iraq, and now Biden bombs Iraq. For our people, it never matters who or what occupies the White House, the bombings and wars will continue. Iraq has a rather young population, more than 60 percent of the population is under 25 years of age. This means that most Iraqis have known nothing else except the US imposed wars on their homeland. It is a tragedy and a shameful moment in human history where most people in the totally “advanced, civilized, democratic, morally superior” West don’t care about what their despicable governments are doing in Iraq or Syria, because they are stupid Muslim terrorists anyway. This is why Iraq cannot and should not rely on Western public opinion. Resistance is the only way, and the US Empire must be kicked out with force in order for Iraqis to finally have some peace.

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US Threats Prove Victory of Resistance: Iraq’s Al-Nujaba

US Threats Prove Victory of Resistance: Iraq’s Al-Nujaba

By Staff, Agencies

Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi, Secretary-General of the Iraqi al-Nujaba movement, said that threats and outcries of the United States are because of victories of the Resistance Front.

In a tweet on Saturday, al-Kaabi likened US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s threats against the Iraqi movement to struggles of a suffocating person.

These useless threats show the fruitfulness of the Resistance’s efforts to liberate and restore Iraqi sovereignty from American control, he added.

He congratulated the achievements of the Resistance and encouraged forces to continue their actions, noting that the threats of enemy do not create fear in the hearts of Nujaba forces.

“We have been striving for one of the two virtues since we set foot on this path; victory or martyrdom.”

Al-Kaabi emphasized that Iraqi groups should urge the United States to withdraw its occupying forces completely from the country because of Iraqi Parliament’s order and the will of the people.

يا أهل العراق .حذارالكاظمي رجل المخابرات!بسام ابو شريف

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كواليس" صعود رجل المخابرات.. كيف قاد مقتل سليماني الكاظمي إلى القصر؟

كان المنسق مع واشنطن وبقي كذلك وسوف يتآمر على المقاومة. وما زيارته لقيادة الحشد الا تهيئة لضربها.

بسام ابو شريف

لم يعد لدى الرئيس ترامب الوقت الكافي لاستخدام ” لعبة الصين الخطرة ” ، في حملته الانتخابية ، فالمعركة مع الصين أعقد بكثير مما كان يظن .

وبدلا من ذلك يحاول ترامب ، وفريقه تهديد دول عديدة ” منها دول اوروبية ” ، واسرائيل بعدم الانجذاب لعروض صينية سخية تتصل بمشاريع أساسية ومكلفة في هذه الدول ، وكانت اسرائيل أول الذين استجابوا لأوامر ترامب ، وأقصيت الصين عن مشروع اسرائيلي كبير كانت الصين قد قدمت عرضا لايستطيع أحد أن ينافسه ، لكن نتنياهو أخرج غرض الصين من السباق .

لم يبق لدى ترامب من ألاعيب ومغامرات لخدمة حملته الانتخابية سوى ايران ، وعندما نقول ايران نعني كل ماله صلة بايران بدء بالعراق ، ثم سوريا ، ثم لبنان وفلسطين ، ونستطيع أن نعني نفس الشيء ان قلنا فلسطين ولبنان وسوريا والعراق وايران ، فالطريق التآمري الذي يتبعه ترامب وفريقه هو طريق بالاتجاهين ، ووصلت آخر قرارات ترامب بفرض عقوبات على ايران حدود ” اللامعقول والجنون ” ، تماما كما حصل مع سوريا ، فهو يتخذالآن قرارات عقابية تستهدف الغذاء والدواء ، والهدف تجويع الشعبين الايراني والسوري لارضاخ البلدين لمشيئة ” العنصري دونالد ترامب ” .

واشنطن تتبع بدقة كافة الخطوات لشن حرب على الأعمال البطولية التي يقوم بها الايرانيون لتقليل الاعتماد على النفط كمصدر للدخل ، وكذلك ضاعف الشغيلة الايرانيون مرات عديدة انتاجهم في الحقول والمصانع اعتمادا على انفسهم ، وجن جنون ترامب مع انطلاق مشروع أنبوب النفط الذي سيمكن ايران من تصدير مليون برميل يوميا من ميناء نفطي يقع على الساحل الايراني بعد مضيق هرمز متجنبا بذلك كل ما انفقت عليه الولايات المتحدة من برامج عسكرية والكترونية عند مضيق هرمز ، فأعلن فرض عقوبات على صناعات الغذاء في ايران لم يجد أكثر من ذلك لأنه لم يبق شيئا يعاقب ايران عليه الا وفعله ، وأصدر قرارا به وحوله .

تبدو هذه العقوبة ، وكأنها القشة التي ستقصم ظهر البعير خاصة اذا راقبنا ودققنا فيما يرتكبه ترمب في العراق وسوريا ولبنان وفلسطين ، وهي بلدان يقول ترامب عنها أنها تميل لصالح تنظيمات ، هي وكيلة لايران كحزب الله بلبنان ، والجيش العربي السوري ، والحشد الشعبي في العراق ، ويهمنا هنا أن نركز على أولويات ترامب الذي لم يبق لديه كثير من الوقت فواشنطن وترامب تركزان بقوة على العراق بهدف نشله نهائيا ” حسب ظنهما ” ، من يد ايران وتحويل العراق الى قاعدة للعدوان على ايران ، ولاشك أن الأمر ليس خافيا كثيرا على من يهمه الأمر .
مفتاح القاء القبض على العراق مرة اخرى بشكل كامل ، هو رئيس الوزراء الذي كان مديرا للمخابرات ، والتي تؤكد معلوماتنا أنه كان على علم وتنسيق بعملية واشنطن لاغتيال المهندس وسليماني ، ليس هذا فقط بل انه أعطى الاميركيين موعد هبوط الطائرة بالضبط .

( وسبق أن نشرنا وحذرنا من ذلك ) ، أما العامل الآخر أو المفتاح الآخر فهو ابتزاز واشنطن لمجموعة كبيرة من القيادات السياسية والعسكرية العراقية ، وذلك بتهديدها بنشر أرقام أرصدتها في البنوك الخارجية ” أموال منهوبة ” ، وتجميدها اذا لزم الأمر .

والفاسدون يجب أن يعاقبوا ، والا يسمح لهم بالامساك بخيوط القرار السياسي أو العسكري وكل من يحكم على المقاومة ، ويعتقلها بسبب مقاومتها الاحتلال يجب أن يعاقب ، انهم يريدون تركيع العراق ، وهذا مايجب أن يرفضه شعبنا العربي الأبي في العراق ، ويجب أن تعود بغداد قلعة الأسود ، فالأمر يستهدف العراق خوفا منه ومن دوره العربي لافشال تصفية قضية فلسطين ، ودعم سوريا .

ماذا سيبحث ترامب مع مدير المخابرات السابق ، الذي كان ينسق خطط اميركا في العراق ؟

أترك الجواب لكم …. لكنني أجزم أن الأمر يتصل بالتآمر على المقاومة ، سيذهب الكاظمي الى واشنطن وبيده أوراق اعتماده ، وهي العملية الصهيونية التي شنت على أحد مقرات الحشد الشعبي فريق تحت اسم جهاز مكافحة الارهاب هاجم فريقا عسكريا رسميا ، هو الحشد الشعبي بحجة الامساك بمن أطلق صواريخ على المنطقة الخضراء ، وسيدور الحديث بدهاء الكاظمي حول خطأ ما ارتكب ، وأنه سيتعهد باصلاح هذا الخطأ ” كذب طبعا ” ، ذلك بعد أن زور الاميركيون نص بيان أصدره مكتب العمليات المشتركة باسم الجهتين يتضمن تعابير مليئة بالحقد والتآمر ، طبعا دون ورود كلمة حول انسحاب القوات الاميركية .

وسيضغط كل الذين هددتهم واشنطن بنشر أرقام أرصدتهم لعدم تحويل ” الحادثة ” ، الى موضوع صراع ؟!!
وسيغادر الكاظمي الى واشنطن ، وهو يلبس لباس الحشد وسيغيره على الطائرة لينزل في واشنطن حاملا جثة الحشد الشعبي كأوراق اعتماده لدى الصهيوني دونالد ترامب .

لاشك أن الشيخ الخزعلي يعلم جيدا مايدور، وعملية التعبئة حان وقتها ، فتركيا تغزو جزء من العراق بالجنود والدبابات وتقصف بالطيران ، والبرازاني يفتح أبواب كردستان لاسرائيل ويتحرش الأتراك بايران ، ويخططون لضرب الحشد ، ويطلقون آلاف الدواعش الذين كانوا مخزونين لوقت ” الشدة ” ، ويصعد الاميركيون في منطقة الحدود السورية العراقية لقطع طريق الاتصال بين دمشق وبغداد ، ويحرق أتباعهم المزروعات ” خاصة القمح ” ويستخدمون مصارف لبنان لضرب الليرة السورية والليرة اللبنانية ، ويمنعون من خلال عملائهم عروض الصين للمساعدة في الوصول الى البلدان التي تحتاجها بشكل مصيري .

يا أهل الخير …. يا أمتنا العظيمة كوني عظيمة ، وقاومي بالهجوم وليس بالدفاع … الهجوم هو أفضل وسائل الدفاع ، وسترون جنودهم يرحلون كما رحل أبطال لبنان قوات المارينز بعد عام 1983 ، لقد نهبت واشنطن ومازالت تنهب ثروات العراق ، وتعطي الفتات لقادة لايستحقون هتافكم … يا أهل العراق اذا لم يستعص عليكم ملوك حكموا باسم الانجليز، فلن يستعصي عليكم موظفو ترامب .

( الحشد الشعبي العراقي يتحمل مسؤوليات تاريخية ، وقد يكون الوقت قد حان ليتوسع بحيث يضم مقاتلين من كافة مكونات العراق ، فالمعركة تتسع وقد بشكل الأكراد رافدا هاما ليقاوموا العملاء وخدام اميركا واسرائيل في مناطقهم تحت راية الحشد ، ولاشك أن هنالك نسبة كبيرة جدا من الأكراد المناضلين الذين يرون في واشنطن وتل ابيب عدوا رئيسيا ، هو الذي يتآمر على شعوب المنطقة ، وهذا الأمر يتطلب مواجهة ومقاومة ) .

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الشيخ الخزعلي: لا توجد مذكرة قبض قضائية بحق عناصر الحشد.. وبيان العمليات المشتركة كتبه الأمريكان

ألعهد العراقية

2020/6/26

العراق

كشف الأمين العام لحركة عصائب أهل الحق الشيخ قيس الخزعلي، الجمعة، أنه لا توجد مذكرة قبض صادرة من القضاء بحق عناصر الحشد الشعبي، مبينا ان ورئيس الحكومة مصطفى الكاظمي هو من أصدر الأمر.

وقال الشيخ الخزعلي خلال كلمته بمناسبة الذكرى الـ (22) لاستشهاد اية الله السيد محمد الصدر، إن “كل رؤساء الوزراء السابقين لم يقوموا باستهداف المقاومين الا الكاظمي حاول استهداف الحشد الشعبي”.

وتابع  الشيخ الخزعلي: “نصيحة الى الكاظمي لا تقف ضد ابناء الحشد الشعبي لأنهم يمثلون الشعب”.

وبين ان “بيان العمليات المشتركة الخاص باعتقال عناصر الحشد كتب من قبل الامريكان”.

الشيخ الخزعلي : رئيس الحكومة لا يستطيع الوقوف بوجه الحشد الشعبي المطالب بالسيادة

أكد الامين العام لحركة عصائب اهل الحق الشيخ قيس الخزعلي، الجمعة، ان رئيس الحكومة لا يستطيع الوقوف بوجه ابناء الحشد الشعبي المطالبين بالسيادة.

و قال الشيخ الخزعلي خلال كلمة له ” لا رئيس الوزراء ولا غيرة يستطيع الوقوف بوجه ابناء الحشد الشعبي المطالبين بالسيادة، “مؤكدا ان ” حكومة الكاظمي مؤقتة عملها اجراء انتخابات مبكرة وعبور التحديات الاقتصادية”.

و اضاف ” كل عمليات القصف التي حدثت بالاونة الاخيرة استهدفت مقرات القوات والسفارة الامريكية، ولايوجد اي فصيل من المقاومة يستهدف المؤسسات بالمنطقة الخضراء”.

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US Suspected of Role behind Raiding Hezbollah Brigades Headquarters in Baghdad

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US Suspected of Role behind Raiding Hezbollah Brigades Headquarters in Baghdad

The headquarters of Iraqi anti-terror group within the Popular Mobilization Units [PMU], better known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, came under attack in Baghdad, raising suspicions about the US role in Iraq.

More than a dozen members of the Hezbollah Brigades [Kata’ib Hezbollah] were reportedly detained during the raid in southern Baghdad in the early hours of Friday. Initial reports said several commanders of the anti-US group, which is integrated into Iraq’s security forces, were among those arrested.

Their fate remains unclear, with some unnamed officials saying they are in the custody of Iraqi security services, but according to PMU sources, all those detained have been handed over to US forces.

An Iraqi official initially told Reuters that at least three of the group’s detained commanders had been transferred over to the US military.

A number of local media outlets also reported that American forces were involved in the raid.

One tweet by a PMU member said that Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi had apologized to the anti-terror group’s head Hadi al-Ameri over the incident.

Back on April 6, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s security and defense committee warned against the ulterior motives behind the redeployment of US troops to various military sites across the Arab country, saying Washington was drawing up plans to target PMU commanders.

On March 27, the New York Times newspaper reported that the Pentagon had ordered a secret directive, which called on US military commanders to prepare a campaign against the Hezbollah Brigades, which is part of the PMU.

But the top US commander in Iraq had warned that such a campaign could be bloody and counterproductive.

Lieutenant General Robert P. White wrote in a blunt memo that a new military campaign would also require that thousands more American troops be sent to Iraq.

PMU fighters have played a major role in the liberation of areas held by Daesh [the Arabic acronym for Takfiri ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group] terrorists ever since the group launched an offensive in the country, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks.

In November 2016, the Iraqi parliament voted to integrate the PMU, which was formed shortly after the emergence of Daesh in Iraq in 2014, into the country’s military.

The popular group, however, is a thorn in the side of the United States which is widely believed to be managing an array of terrorist groups, including Daesh, to advance its ‘Israel’-centric agenda in the region.  

THE RESISTANCE STRIKES THE US WHICH SEEKS A TRUCE IN IRAQ

Posted on  by Elijah J Magnier

By Elijah J. Magnier:

New anonymous organisations in Iraq have threatened to strike US forces if they refuse to withdraw from Iraq. One of these newly emerged organisations released its first video of an attack against a US military convoy transporting vehicles on the road between the Kurdish province of Erbil and the northern Salahuddin province, where the US maintains large military bases.

US Ambassador Matthew Tueller has met with caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, expressing the will of his country to begin strategic talks with Baghdad. The US did not disclose that the US diplomat informed Mr Abdul-Mahdi about the US intention to pull out forces from Iraq and his request not to be attacked during the withdrawal of troops. Indeed, the US has already evacuated forces from 6 bases and centres of control in different places in Iraq. This is what prompted the Iraqi Kataeb Hezbollah (Brigades) to ​​announce particularly that the organisation does not intend to strike US forces as long as they completely withdraw from the country. 

However, the Iraqi resistance does not trust the US promises as forwarded to the Iraqi premier. It considers the US is manoeuvring to redeploy forces from the more vulnerable bases to more protected bases. This scepticism has caused new Iraqi resistance to surface, and provoked attacks against US forces in a manner reminiscent of the 1980s “Islamic Jihad” organisation in Lebanon, which was responsible for the kidnapping and killing of US officers and citizens.

The first newly emerged organisation identified itself as “The Revolutionary League” (Usbat al-Thaereen). In its first communiqué, it has shown drone images with excellent resolution of the US embassy in Baghdad in all its details, building, helicopters, movement of personnel and military forces inside.  What is striking is not only the fine details and high-quality of the drone footage but how a drone managed to fly for extended minutes over the most guarded buildings inside the Iraqi capital. Three brigades of the Iraqi army (6, 11 and 17) are deployed in the capital Baghdad along with the anti-terrorist force, the federal police HQ, the Ministry of the Interior and the local police. Most of these are based in the “Green Zone” where the US embassy is. US forces are also deployed at Baghdad airport (not far away) and inside the Embassy.

Not only that, but a second video was also distributed to the press a few days later with drone footage of the most extensive US military base in Iraq, at Ein al-Assad base in the Anbar desert. The video showed weapons stores, forces, buildings, command and control tower and base, hangars, landing and take-off runways and many more details of the entire map of the base. At Ayn al-Assad, the US deploys of the most sophisticated radars, Patriot missiles and other defence systems that are supposed to secure the base.

Moreover, the video had also been shot from outside the base, showing the driving of a car along the walls of the American base in Ain al-Assad, which indicates the ease of movement of the group without regard for the security measures deployed along the road.

The organisation broadcast an enthusiastic song stating its goal of avenging the assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani and the Iraqi leader Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis. The singer’s dialect indicates that he is not Iraqi, though clearly, the singer is a native Arab speaker.

Another new organisation called “The Islamic Resistance in Iraq – People of the Cave” (referring to Surat al-Kahf in the Quran) issued a video in which it showed an IED exploding in convoy carrying military vehicles and, one minute later, a second powerful IED explosion when the convoy personnel gathered to assess the damage. The convoy is said to be travelling from Kurdistan – Erbil to Salah al-Din Governorate, the Uwaynat region. This attack is a message for the US forces: they will not be able to roam as they wish in Iraq because for them the country is now insecure, as are their military bases.

A statement issued by a third new Iraqi organisation called “Islamic Resistance Factions – Iraq – the fist of guidance” accuses America of preparing to launch an attack against the Iraqi factions, and gives the American and British ambassadors 48 hours to leave, or they will be killed. It was not possible to confirm the authenticity of this  statement. 

It is to be expected that more organisations will emerge in Iraq, enjoying military, media and organisational skills and capabilities. These undoubtfully benefited from the long years of war in Lebanon between Hezbollah and Israel, in Syria against al-Qaeda and ISIS (The Islamic State), and in Iraq against the US during the 2003-2011 invasion and against ISIS following the occupation of a third of Iraq in 2014.

These organisations seek retribution against the US, which assassinated the leader of the “Axis of Resistance” Major General Qassim Soleimani, the field commander in the “Popular Mobilisation Forces” (PMF) Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, and which bombed several bases of the Iraqi army, its federal police and the PMF at the Syrian-Iraqi borders, al-Qaem, and destroyed Karbala Civil Airport. The US breach of the memorandum of agreement signed in 2014 exasperated Iraqi political, military officials and many other resistance groups.

The US Ambassador visited the caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to inform him about its decision to leave Iraq and proposes a large meeting next June to agree on the mechanism of withdrawal from Iraq. The ambassador asked Mr Abdul Mahdi to intervene to stop all attacks against American forces while withdrawing and to mediate with Iran to achieve this, because “America is serious about proceeding with the exit from Iraq.”

The Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades, the League of the Righteous (Asaeb Ahl al-Haq), Al-Nujabaa Movement and the Imam Ali Brigades responded to the Iranian request to refrain from opposing al-Kazemi, despite their lack of trust in him and in the US intention to withdraw. These factions promised not to attack the US forces as long as the US shows they are withdrawing their forces from the country. Thus, the emergence of new organisations aims to offer an excuse for these groups, that they are not apparently involved in any attack and that they are “encouraging” the US to leave. These groups are unknown and new on the Iraqi scene. Therefore, it is easy for them to avoid pressure from the officials in Baghdad.

However, the style of these organisations reminds us of the “Islamic Jihad” organisation in Lebanon that emerged in the 1980s, was responsible for the kidnapping of hostages in Lebanon and worked directly under the command of Iran. It was not connected to Lebanese “Hezbollah” at the time.

It seems that the US has not read carefully enough the Iranian messages following the assassination of the Axis of the Resistance leader. When Sayyed Ali Khamenei said: “The price of the assassination of Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis is the US departure from West Asia” this meant that the decision had been taken to force the US out whatever the cost.

Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah in Lebanon and of the “Axis of Resistance” in Lebanon, Gaza, Syria, Iraq and Yemen, said “every American soldier is a legitimate target”. He wondered, when directing his question to the US following the assassination of Soleimani and Muhandis: “what have you done? Are you aware whose blood you spilt?” His message was clear: “Hezbollah will not stand idle and will target every US soldier.” Sayyed Nasrallah said explicitly: “Iraq is the battlefield”.

Driving the US out of West Asia is the goal. The methods used by the Iraqi resistance will not be different from methods used against Israel in Lebanon, in Syria and Iraq during the past decade. They will be employed until the very last US soldier leaves Iraq.

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NEW IRAQI GROUP CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR CAMP TAJI ATTACK

New Iraqi Group Claims Responsibility For Camp Taji Attack

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A new Iraqi military group has claimed responsibility for the March 11 Camp Taji attack, which claimed the lives of three U.S.-led coalition service members.

In an official statement released on March 15, the group, dubbed Ausbat al-Thaayirin (AT), confirmed its responsibility for the recent rocket attacks on Iraqi bases hosting U.S. troops.

“In response to the request of our Mujahedeen brothers … we declare that the blessed operations [the shelling of occupation bases] are our operations, and we fear no one by announcing this,” the statement reads.

A few days ago, Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH) released a statement calling on the perpetrators of the recent attacks to reveal themselves, promising to support them. KH was held responsible for these attacks by the U.S.

AT appears to be a pro-Iranian Shiite group. The group vowed to respond to the assassination of Popular Mobilization Unties (PMU) Deputy-Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Maj. Gen. Qassam Soleimani, Commander of Iran’s Quds Force.

“The assassination of our martyr leaders is heat in our chests, a motive for our conscious that will not trail off until the withdrawal of the occupying forces in a humiliating and degrading manner,” the group said.

The U.S. carried out a series of strikes on Iraq on March 13 in response to Camp Taji attack. The strikes hit positions of the PMU, the Iraqi military and police.

AT’s statement is yet to be verified. More information about the mysterious group will likely appear in the coming months.

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Over 4 Million People Join March Against US Presence in Iraq. 24 January 2020

By Telesur

Global Research, January 25, 2020

At least four million people Thursday demanded the departure of U.S. troops from Iraq with a march in Baghdad, which was convened by cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr three weeks after the murder of Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani..

At the country’s capital, streets were filled with an endless column of people who paraded to express their repudiation of the U.S. military presence.

Banners showed slogans such as “No, No to the U.S. and Yes to Iraqi sovereignty,” “The willingness of free nations is stronger than the U.S. aggression,” and “Global terrorism is made in the U.S.”

While some protesters burned images of Donald Trump, others marched raising photos of the U.S. president’s face crossed out with a red “X”.

“We have not obtained anything from the U.S. except problems, wars, and sieges,” Ziyad Qasim Abdullah, a 39-year-old chauffeur, said.

The U.S. has “created sectarian conflicts in Iraq and divided people to plunder the wealth of our country,” he added and explained that he wants to “expel the occupation forces” from his country.​​​​​​​

Trump and Esper: No Evidence, Just a “Sneaky Feeling”. Time for the Invaders to Go Home

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Initially, the U.S. government justified the presence of its troops in Iraq by arguing the fight against the Islamic State, which managed to control large areas of Iraqi territory in 2014.

Since the defeat of this radical group in 2017, however, those troops have not been removed from this country.

As a result of the events unleashed by Jan. 3 bombings, in which Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani was killed, the Iraqi parliament approved a procedure for the departure of foreign troops​​​​​​​.

“If the U.S. meets these demands, then it is not an aggressor country,” Al-Sadr said and added that if the U.S. will become a “hostile country” if it violates the conditions specified for its departure.

The highest Shiite religious authority in Iraq, Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, also reaffirmed today “the need to respect the sovereignty of Iraq, the independence of its political decision, and its territorial unity.”

For his part, Iraq’s President Barham Salih posted a photo of Friday’s march on social media and wrote that Iraqis deserved a “fully sovereign state that serves its people.”

Initially, the U.S. government justified the presence of its troops in Iraq by arguing the fight against the Islamic State, which managed to control large areas of Iraqi territory in 2014.

Since the defeat of this radical group in 2017, however, those troops have not been removed from this country.

As a result of the events unleashed by Jan. 3 bombings, in which Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani was killed, the Iraqi parliament approved a procedure for the departure of foreign troops​​​​​​​.

“If the U.S. meets these demands, then it is not an aggressor country,” Al-Sadr said and added that if the U.S. will become a “hostile country” if it violates the conditions specified for its departure.

The highest Shiite religious authority in Iraq, Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, also reaffirmed today “the need to respect the sovereignty of Iraq, the independence of its political decision, and its territorial unity.”

For his part, Iraq’s President Barham Salih posted a photo of Friday’s march on social media and wrote that Iraqis deserved a “fully sovereign state that serves its people.”The original source of this article is Global ResearchCopyright © Telesur, Global Research, 2020

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تتمسّك واشنطن بإعادة التموضع/ الانتشار في العراق، وليس الإنسحاب منه (أ ف ب )

بين اجتماع فصائل المقاومة العراقية في إيران، واجتماع بعض القوى السُنّية في الإمارات، يقف العراق أمام مفترق طرق: الأوّل مواجهةٌ سياسيّةٌ ـــــ ميدانيّةٌ ضد الولايات المتحدة، والثاني الخضوع لرغبات إدارة دونالد ترامب، بدءاً بـ«تفهّم» انتشار القوات الأميركية، وصولاً إلى المضيّ في تقسيم البلاد وفق أقاليم طائفيةبغداد | شهدت مدينة قم في إيران اجتماعاً أمس ضمّ قادة فصائل المقاومة العراقية لبحث «آليات إخراج قوات الاحتلال الأميركي من البلاد»، حضره زعيم «التيّار الصدري»، مقتدى الصدر، والأمين العام لـ«منظمة بدر»، هادي العامري، والأمين العام لـ«حركة النجباء»، أكرم الكعبي، والمعاون الجهادي للأمين العام لـ«عصائب أهل الحق»، ليث الخزعلي، والأمين العام لـ«كتائب سيد الشهداء»، أبو آلاء الولائي، والأمين العام لـ«كتائب حزب الله ــــ العراق». بينما اتفق المجتمعون على «تشكيل لجنة تنسيقية تنظّم عمل فصائل المقاومة»، و«تفعيل التنسيق الإعلامي والاجتماعي بينها»، قالت مصادر سياسية إن «الاجتماع أسفر فقط عن موقف موحّدٍ يؤكّد ضرورة إخراج القوات الأجنبية»، مضيفة في حديث إلى «الأخبار»، أن «الإشارة الحقيقية لبدء العمل المقاوم هو الردّ الرسمي الأميركي على دعوة الحكومة العراقية لجدولة انسحاب قواتها»، وأن طبيعة هذا «الردّ» ستكون «إنهاءً للجهود الدبلوماسية، وإيذاناً بالعمل المقاوم». وفي غضون ذلك، صدر تحذير عن «كتلة الفتح» (تجمّع برلماني يضمّ القوى والنوّاب المؤيدين لـ«الحشد») من تصعيد شعبي ومواجهات عسكرية في حال «مماطلة» القوات الأميركية، حيال مطالبة الحكومة بـ«اتخاذ التدابير لإنهاء وجود القوات الأجنبية، ولا سيما بعد قرار البرلمان».

إذاً، تترقّب القوى والفصائل نتائج جهود رئيس الوزراء المستقيل، عادل عبد المهدي، في تنفيذ القرار البرلماني، وقدرته على إلزام، أو التفاهم مع، واشنطن على ذلك وفق مدّة محدّدة. ولذا، يأتي اجتماع قيادات «الحشد» لبحث الأولويّات الأمنيّة والعسكرية. لكن ذلك لا يخفي «تضارب» الاستحقاقات بالنسبة إلى الفريق الحاكم، إذ ثمّة من يسعى إلى حسم الجدل القائم إزاء الحكومة المستقيلة، بين التمديد لها بحجّة «الأمر الواقع»، والبحث عن خيار «غير متوافرٍ» حتى الآن.

تترقّب القوى والفصائل نتائج جهود الحكومة المستقيلة، في تنفيذ القرار البرلماني

في المقابل، تسعى واشنطن إلى استيعاب «الغضب» العراقي، والالتفاف على القرار البرلماني، شاهرة أسلحتها التقليدية: التهويل بالعقوبات، وورقة التقسيم، والفتنة، في محاولة لـ«شراء الوقت»، ما يتيح لها «البحث عن أماكن مناسبة لإعادة التموضع/انتشار قواتها» إن أصرّت بغداد على خروج تلك القوات. فالمؤشّرات تعكس نيّة واشنطن إعادة التموضع/الانتشار، وليس الانسحاب، رغم تمسّك بغداد بقرار البرلمان. هنا، ترجّح مصادر حكوميّة عراقيّة انتشار تلك القوات في المحافظات الغربية والشماليّة، والابتعاد عن «مرمى» نيران الفصائل في المحافظات الوسطى والجنوبية، وهذا ما أكّده وزير الخارجية الأميركي، مايك بومبيو، عندما قال أمس إنهم سيعملون مع القادة العراقيين على «تحديد المكان الأنسب إزاء نشر القوات الأميركية». على الخطّ نفسه، تسعى واشنطن وحلفاؤها الأوروبيون إلى أن يتصدّر خطاب حلفائهم المحليين المشهد السياسي، وهو الخطاب الداعي إلى بقاء القوات الأميركية بحجّة «ضرورتها»، واعتبار انسحابها مطلباً إيرانيّاً وليس عراقيّاً. وعند هذه النقطة، قال بومبيو: «أجريت اتصالات بـ50 شخصية عراقية، من كل الطوائف، بما فيها شخصيات شيعيّة، وكلّها تقدّر، لو بشكل غير علني، الدور الأميركي في ‫العراق».

هذا المسعى توازيه تحضيراتٌ داخلية تخدم الرؤية الأميركية، وتقضي بـ«الاستعداد» لأي طرح تقسيمي للبلاد على أساس الأقاليم الطائفية. فما جرى في الإمارات يؤكّد ذلك. مقرّبون ممن حضر الاجتماع، من رئيس البرلمان محمد الحلبوسي، وزعيم «حزب الحل» جمال الكربولي، ومحافظ صلاح الدين السابق النائب أحمد الجبوري، وسعد البزاز، وآخرين، أكّدوا أن المجتمعين ناقشوا «استعداداتهم اللوجستية لإقامة إقليم سُنّي، في أي لحظة»، خاصّة أن البعض يُمَنّي نفسه بأن يكون العراق جزءاً من «صفقة القرن» الأميركية. وما يعزّز هذا الطرح أن هذا «الإقليم» سيشكّل «البيئة الحامية» لقواعد القوات الأميركية التي ستنتشر هناك، خاصّةً أن الأخيرة عمدت منذ الصيف الماضي إلى تدريب عدد كبير من شباب محافظة الأنبار بـ«حجّة» مواجهة تنظيم «داعش». هذا الحراك رفضته «دار الإفتاء العراقي»، التي قالت في بيانٍ أمس إن «أمراء القبائل وشيوخ العشائر في المحافظة الغربية جميعاً، والمتمثلة بالمذهب السُنّي، تعلن رفضها القاطع لما صدر عن بعض أعضاء تحالف القوى، وترفض رفضاً قطعياً وجود أي قوات عسكرية في العراق، أو فقرة اسمها أقاليم»، معتبرة ذلك «خيانةً لتاريخ العراق، وإضعافاً لمكانته بين العالمين العربي والإسلامي». كذلك، علّق الخزعلي على هذا الحراك بالقول إن «أرض العراق واحدة غير قابلة للتقسيم، بشعبها ومدنها ومحافظاتها».

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Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades Spokesman Talks to Al-Ahed about the Final Warning to the US

By Zeinab Daher

This will finally lead to fulfilling Allah’s promise and the words of Imam Khamenei that this is the final battle which will end up in eliminating ‘Israel.’

Beirut – In the wake of indications that the United States and the Zionist ‘Israeli’ regime were involved in recent attacks on Iraqi positions of pro-government Popular Mobilization Units, Spokesman of Kata’ib Hezbollah or Hezbollah Brigades resistance group in Iraq Mohammad Mohie talked to al-Ahed News about the party’s stances regarding the field situation, warning the US of a tough response had it committed any future attack against the country.

Targeting Iraq’s Sovereignty

In an exclusive interview with al-Ahed news website, Mr. Mohie made clear that there is no doubt that the latest attacks that targeted Iraq weren’t accidental. “They were rather guided and preplanned after observation and continued monitoring by spy drones whether they are American or as the ‘Israeli’ entity claims that they belong to it,” he stressed.

In all, there are targets the US is standing behind and wants to achieve, which are represented by weakening the Popular Mobilization Units [Hashd al-Shaabi] and the resistance factions, end their role in running the security issue as part of the Iraqi security system, and empty their weapons stock perhaps for a future phase through which the US is planning to bring Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group], as it always hints to the possibility of Daesh’s return with the presence of thousands of militants on the Iraqi-Syrian border, he further elaborated.

According to the Iraqi resistance official, all of the previous goals make the US aim unachievable without such practices. Additionally, the US is trying to fulfill its goal through the ‘Israeli’ entity so that it evades responsibility not to be dragged to reactions by Iraqi resistance factions. This is why ‘Israel’ always suggests being behind such strikes.

“What do we care for is not who carried out those strikes, whether it is ‘Israel’ or the United States, we hold the US the full responsibility of those strikes because it has the goals, the will and predetermination to confront the Hashd and exclude it from the Iraqi security equation.”

Conflicting Stances at Home

Responding to a question about the conflicting stances inside the Iraqi milieu, Mr. Mohie was confident to explain that there are many pressures exerted against the Iraqi political forces, the government and some Iraqi sides to prevent them from making decisive stances against the US presence on the first hand, and against those standing behind those strikes, which will consequently lead to condemning the US and demanding to oust it from Iraq.

“This would be difficult to be made due to the lack of will and courage to confront the US. Those pressures are banning the leaderships from taking a decisive stance that would clear things up,” he concluded on this matter.

Regarding the communication issue of the Anbar Operations Commander “Mahmoud al-Falahi”, the man stressed that the Iraqi government won’t be able to make a decision on the matter for clear reasons, because the decision will denounce the US and will consequently lead to heading to the Parliament for making a law that ousts the US, in addition to heading to the United Nations Security Council to denounce it.

“All of this won’t happen due to the lack of will among the political forces and the Iraqi government to reach this apparently difficult level of direct confrontation with the US and impose the Iraqi government and people’s will on it minding the necessity of ending its presence in Iraq.”

The Final Warning

By observing the conflicting reactions, which the man considers don’t suit the situation on the ground, the Hezbollah Brigades found them very weak and improper given the level of threat Iraq is being subjected to.

“There is an open war waged by the US and ‘Israel’ against Iraq, its security forces and the Hashd as well as other factions. There must have been strong stances against this open war.”

Perhaps the only strong and decisive statement was made by the PMU’s second-in-command Haj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandiss, Mr. Mohie explained, adding that the Hezbollah Brigades made their final warning to the US to make everything clear.

“To make the US face the reality, we should have issued this direct accusation since it bears responsibility, it controls the Iraqi bases, the Iraqi airspace, it directly cooperates with the ‘Israeli entity and stresses every time that its presence is to defend the security and existence of the ‘Israeli’ entity against the axis of resistance.”

He further added that it was the reason the resistance movement made this statement to test the US and all other parties that are trying to make use of the Iraqi situation to denounce the strikes against the Iraqi resistance factions and the Hashd.

“There might be future plots to target leaderships, national forces and symbols, and even the holy shrines to create sectarian strife and involve Iraq in new civil wars,” he warned.

The Hezbollah Brigades spokesman stressed that the final warning was meant to deter the US: “But today, we could not expect what would happen had all the Iraqi political forces and resistance factions and the Hashd remained silent in front of this terrible deterioration in confronting such challenges and continued aggression against Iraq’s sovereignty, security forces and the Hashd.”

We believe that the message has been clear to the US. The Americans understand the nature of Hezbollah Brigades and its response, and they have experienced it during the 2003 occupation. They have to take this statement seriously because there will consequently be a tough and true response to any future attack against any target of our security forces whether under an ‘Israeli’, American or other cover. At the end of the day, the US is responsible and will bear the brunt of any repercussions, the man stressed.

Iraq’s Official Stance

Regarding any possible official Iraqi response to the continued aggressions targeting Iraq’s sovereignty, Mr. Mohie was frank to say that the Hezbollah Brigades don’t believe that there is a possibility for it on the security forces level.

“Perhaps they would show that they will respond to any foreign strike whether ‘Israeli’ or not. However, confronting the US forces or responding to the ‘Israeli’ warplanes, I think it is unlikely in the time being as a result of the US pressure and fear of the American arrogance.”

He went on to say that “in fact, the Iraqi parties today are at a crossroad. Actually, they didn’t take advantage of the great achievement of confronting Daesh to be able to impose the equation of deterrence and strength and force the US to deal with Iraq as a similar state that has its own capabilities. The US attempted to return and control Iraq considering it a weak state. It brought its forces to control its security and airspace.”

Meanwhile, there isn’t any official Iraqi power capable of confronting the US military, and not even make a decision because they are willing to get involved in a confrontation amid the complicated circumstances in Iraq, Mr. Mohie concluded on this issue.

The Battle of New Front?

Whether we are facing the battle of new front, which is being talked about by the leaders of the axis of resistance, Mr. Mohie stressed that the battle is still ongoing and didn’t stop over years. “The conspiracy of Daesh was a clear front composed of the US, the ‘Israeli’ entity, Saudi Arabia and all other related forces that presented Daesh as a front in the face of the axis of resistance to divide the region. We faced this plot and foiled it. But this war is still ongoing and won’t stop.”

Perhaps it became clearer nowadays, he said, with the direct US hostility to the Islamic Republic of Iran, the axis of resistance, the Iraqi factions and the Hashd, in addition to the ‘Israeli’ entity’s involvement as a direct player whether in Syria strikes or its further expansion in targeting Iraq and declaring directly and indirectly that all fields are open to its strikes and aggression.

Hereby, the Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades announced that “we are at a continued war with two poles: the first is represented by the global arrogance led by the US and ‘Israel’ and the second is led by the Islamic Republic of Iran, of which we are a part.”

The battle will continue until it reaches the final stage of pushing them to get involved in more foolishness with perhaps wider space of confrontation, Mr. Mohie said.

This will finally lead to fulfilling Allah’s promise and the words of our leaders and Imam Ali Khamenei that this is the final battle which will end up in eliminating ‘Israel,’ the resistance official concluded.

 

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