The command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) refused any foreign interference in the country under the pretext of countering terrorism, stressing that US forces will be dealt with as invaders.
Washington earlier said it had deployed 200 Marine forces in a camp near Makhmour town southeast Mosul.
PMF spokesman, Karim al-Nouri stressed that the deployment of foreign forces in Iraq requires the approval of the Iraqi parliament.
“Foreign forces in Iraq, under any pretext, will be hostile and occupation forces,” Nouri told al-Manar.
Meanwhile, the PMF spokesman warned against partition of Iraq, saying: “we are concerned that the United States along with Turkey are seeking to impose de facto partition of Iraq.”
In 2008, Washington and Baghdad signed a security agreement, known as Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), in which it made Baghdad’s approval a condition for the presence of foreign forces in the country.