The Iraqis gathered in Baghdad’s al-Tahrir square on Monday night to stress support for Hashd al-Shaabi and condemn the US aggression on Iraq’s territory.
They chanted slogans to demand termination of the US meddling in their country’s internal affairs, stressing the need for the expulsion of the American ambassador.
The ralliers also carried placards to show condemnation of the US violation of their country’s sovereignty.
The US drones on Sunday bombarded a Hashd al-Shaabi base near the border with Syria in Iraq’s Western province of Anbar, a Hashd Shaabi statement said.
The attack took place in the evening when the US drones bombarded the base of Hashd Shaabi’s 45th Brigade near the border town of al-Qaim, the statement said.
The bombardment left tens of the brigade’s members killed and wounded.
In reaction, Hashd al-Shaabi Lieutenant Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis warned of a harsh response to the attack, saying that the blood of martyrs will not be wasted.
Also, Asa’eb al-Haq Movement, affiliated to the Iraqi popular forces of Hashd al-Shaabi, described the US deployment in Iraq as a threat to the country, calling on all political groups to react to Washington’s “cowardly attack”.
Meantime, Qassem Moslih, the commander of Hashd al-Shaabi in al-Anbar province, said that the US wanted to change the equations by bombing the popular forces’ positions.
Also, resigned Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in a message to the US secretary of defense underlined his opposition to the attack, waring that bombing Hashd al-Shaabi positions is a dangerous tension which threatens the security of Iraq and the region.
Meantime, Head of the National Wisdom Movement of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim condemned the attack, describing it as clear violation of Iraq’s sovereignty.
Also, Falih al-Khazali, a member of al-Fatah coalition in the Iraqi parliament, warned that the US forces have started an obvious war against Iraq.
Meantime, Iraq’s Hezbollah Brigades in a statement deplored the attack, terming it hostile aggression against the defenders of Iraq’s borders.
Also, Iraqi President Barham Salih underlined that the attack was conducted against the two countries’ agreements, describing it as unacceptable.