“Reducing the number of American occupiers has no place in the real calculations of the Iraqi Islamic resistance and that what matters is the withdrawal of the last US troop from the country,” Sheikh Ali al-Asadi said.
He made a statement in response to the Pentagon’s official announcement of a reduction in the number of American troops in Iraq.
Referring to the efforts of some individuals to justify the presence of the occupiers, he said, “No matter how much others try to distort the truth, the occupiers’ hands will remain soaked with the blood of our martyrs.”
Sheikh al-Asadi stressed that the Iraqi people have never been incapable of attaining their rights.
“We advise the occupiers to speed up the withdrawal of their troops,” he added.
Anti-US sentiment has been running high in Iraq following Washington’s January 3 assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and senior Hashd al-Sha’abi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in addition to several other comrades, outside the Baghdad airport.
Just two days later, Iraqi lawmakers unanimously passed a bill mandating the expulsion of all foreign troops from the country.