Iran-backed militia commander in Iraq calls U.S. troops ‘enemy,’ threatens to attack

Iran-backed militia commander in Iraq calls U.S. troops ‘enemy,’ threatens to attack
Iran-sponsored militia fighters, assembled at Um Jaris in northwestern Iraq, signal their enthusiasm for kicking out the U.S. from Syria. (Image via Islamic Invitation Turkey)

[Ed. – Although this has happened before since 2014, the situation has never been like today’s.  There is now no meaningful concentration of ISIS left in Iraq to preoccupy the Iran-backed forces.  Iran-backed attacks on U.S. troops were common prior to 2011; it has happened before, and it will again.]

A component of the Baghdad-sanctioned coalition of mainly Iran-allied Shiite militias in Iraq has threatened to attack U.S. troops if they refuse to leave the country, declaring that the United States “has become our direct enemy.”

The threat came from Abdullatif al-Amidi, the commander of the Saraya al-Ashura faction inside the umbrella organization of mostly Shiite militias loyal to Iran known as al-Hashd al-Shaabi, Arabic for Popular Mobilization Forces/Units (PMF/PMU), reportsKurdistan24. …

Congress has proposed bipartisan legislation to impose terrorist sanctions on at least two PMF components, Asaib Ahl Al-Haq (AAH) and Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba, prompting some of their fellow militiamen to threaten American troops in Iraq again.

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During a televised speech on Tuesday, Abdullatif al-Amidi, the commander of the PMF faction Saraya al-Ashura, warned, “The U.S. has become our direct enemy after the Congress’ decision against some Hashd al-Shaabi factions,” reports Kurdistan 24.

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