The Arabic-language al-Aba’a news network quoted representative of al-Fath Coalition Party in Nineveh province Mokhtar al-Mousavi as saying that the US is trying to target Hashd al-Sha’abi forces and Iraqi figures in Nineveh province in a series of new plots.
He pointed to the participation of several mercenaries in Nineveh province as saying that the plotters are doing their best to keep away Hashd al-Sha’abi from Nineveh province.
In a relevant development earlier in July, a senior member of the Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defense Committee revealed the US plot to assassinate top commanders of Hashd al-Shaabi in collaboration with the former Ba’ath party officers.
Karim al-Aliwi told the Arabic-language al-Ma’aloumeh news agency that in addition to the Ba’ath party officers, the US has also missioned the terrorist groups under its support to assassinate Hashd al-Shaabi commanders, adding that the US so-called mistaken bombing against Hashd al-Shaabi is another way to kill the Iraqi commanders.
He added that the US targets Iraqi popular forces based on precise intelligence and data provided by the Ba’ath party commanders, saying that Washington aims to annihilate Hashd al-Shaabi as the only obstacle to attain its goals in Iraq.
A prominent Iraqi security expert warned earlier this week that members of the dissolved Ba’ath party were collecting intel for the US in Western Iraq, mainly through spying on Hashd al-Shaabi forces.
Al-Ma’aloumeh news website quoted Moa’ayed al-Ali as saying on Tuesday that members of Ba’ath party had infiltrated into the Iraqi security bodies in Western Iraq.
He added that they collected intelligence on security units and Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq and relay the intel to the US forces.
Al-Ali said that the number of Ba’ath party members had increased in Western Iraq, warning that some had managed to be appointed to security posts in the region through bribery.