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Iraqi Hezbollah Warns to Target Any US Boots on the Ground

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Hussein al-Ramahi, the head of the political commission of Hezbollah brigades in Iraq, warned the US government to avoid deploying ground forces in Iraq.
“In case the US deploys military forces in Iraq, Hezbollah will divide its forces into two parts, the first group will be entrusted with fighting the ISIL and the second group will be given the mission to fight the US occupiers,” Ramahi told FNA on Saturday.

He said the US intends to deploy its forces in Iraq to push back the resistance forces from the scene, and added, “We will not withdraw to provide them with such an opportunity, rather our forces will continue their activities in the region.”

The politburo chief of the Iraqi Hezbollah brigades underscored that the US airstrikes are actually meant to provide an air cover for the ISIL which has sustained heavy losses and failures in recent days.

He also noted the blue-on-blue casualties inflicted by the wrong US airstrikes on Iraqi forces and the country’s infrastructures, and said given the modern fighter jets and weapons that the Americans use for bombing the so-called ISIL positions in Iraq, “we think that such cases are no mistake, but deliberate attacks since Washington wants to prolong the war and this is something that the Americans have admitted when they stressed that fighting the ISIL would take 30 years”.

Ramahi said if the US supplied the Iraqi government and army with the necessary equipment, fighting the ISIL would take no longer than one month.

In a relevant statement in September, Iraq’s Hezbollah Battalions strongly rejected any cooperation with the US-led coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group.

“The coalition being formed against the ISIL which is led by the US is a prelude to a new occupation plot,” part of the statement said.

The Hezbollah Battalions urged the Iraqi nation to be vigilant against the scenarios of the West, specially the US, and their mercenaries in the region, implying that the ISIL is working for the US.

“We believe that demanding help from the US means a confiscation (by the US) of the Iraqi nation and people’s resistance against terrorism and the pain and agony that they have had to suffer for protecting Iraq’s unity,” the statement said.

“We believe that the US is responsible for Iraq’s problems and challenges and we do not have any hope in the United States,” it added.

The Battalions also urged Iraq’s religious authorities and elites as well as other layers of the society from different walks of life to take straightforward stances about the current developments and the US meddling in the country before it’s too late.

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