Thursday 13 August 2020
News ID: 80570
Publish Date: 13 July 2020 - 22:32
BAGHDAD (Press TV) – A security official for Iraq’s Kataib Hezbollah has reiterated the resistance group’s readiness to end the U.S. military presence in Iraq.
Abu Ali al-Askari stressed that the Americans must know that Iraq’s decision on the withdrawal of U.S. troops is "irreversible” and that no one can circumvent the will of the Iraqi people.
"The resistance must continue with popular, political, security, and media pressure, with full readiness for wide military action until those killers yield to the people’s will,” Askari said in a Twitter post on Sunday.
"They only understand the language of force … and we are ready for that,” he said, adding "We will come out victorious.”
His remarks came a day after a U.S. military convoy carrying logistic supplies was attacked in Iraq, south of Baghdad.
The newly formed Iraqi group, Saraya Thawrat al-Eshreen al-Thaniya, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Anti-U.S. sentiment has been running high in Iraq since Washington assassinated top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani and the second-in-command of the Iraqi popular mobilization units, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in January.
Following the attack, Iraqi lawmakers unanimously passed a bill on January 5, demanding the withdrawal of all foreign troops.
Baghdad and Washington are currently in talks over the withdrawal of American troops.
Meanwhile, Iraqi resistance groups have vowed to take up arms against US forces if Washington fails to comply with the parliamentary order.
In another development in the country, five Daesh suicide bombers and two security members were killed during the Iraqi forces’ raid against a hideout near the Arab country’s capital of Baghdad.
The terrorists, who were found to be part of a suicide unit, were killed after being surrounded by Iraqi forces during an operation carried out in a village in the southwest of Baghdad, the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) said in a statement on Sunday.
The operation was launched based on intelligence reports received by the Iraqi military, and was supported by drones, the statement said, without giving further details about when exactly the raid occurred.
The Iraqi forces managed to kill four suicide bombers, while the fifth one blew himself up, killing an officer and a soldier from the army and intelligence.
The raid came as the Takfiri group’s terrorists have intensified their attacks on security forces, including the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and civilians in the formerly Daesh-controlled provinces, resulting in the killing and wounding of dozens.

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