“The Iraqi resistance will not leave you alone and will celebrate the victory and liberation of Iraq on the corpses of your occupying soldiers,” Akram al-Kaabi, the secretary general of the Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba, wrote in a tweet on Saturday, addressing the American forces in Iraq.
The remarks came after a senior US State Department official pleaded with Iraqi resistance groups to “just leave us alone,” following a surge in attacks against American positions in Iraq.
“I understand that some of these militias completely disagree with what the United States is trying to do in Iraq in fighting ISIS (Daesh), but we’re asking them, we’re demanding, that they just leave us alone and we’ll leave them alone, so that we can fight this common enemy, which is ISIS,” Acting Assistant Secretary of State Joey Hood said in an interview with Al Arabiya.
Al-Kaabi denounced the “outrageous” request and said, “In the resistance’s rationale, you would only feel peaceful after you exit Iraq and end your blatant, harmful acts of interference in the country, because you Americans are the source of many of Iraq’s problems.”
“How can we leave you alone,” he continued, “whilst we have not yet taken revenge for the cowardly, treacherous assassination of the commanders of resistance (Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis), and whilst you still murder the heroic fighters who defend Iraq’s borders and independence?”
Attacks against US positions in Iraq have soared since the January 2020 assassination, which primarily targeted Lieutenant General Soleimani, Iran’s top anti-terror general, but also martyred al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraq’s anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), as well as their companions.
In response to the attack, which was directly ordered by former US President Donald Trump, Iran launched dozens of missiles at the US-run Ain al-Assad airbase that has been repeatedly targeted afterward.
The US has also continued to target the PMU forces, enraging the Iraqi people and increasing pressure on the country’s government to implement the parliament’s January 2020 law, which demanded the withdrawal of all US-led forces from Iraq.