Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Monday condemned U.S. air strikes on Iranian-backed Iraqi militia bases, which helped to eliminate ISIS last year.
The reckless and hostile move of the US military could plunge Iraq further into the heart of a proxy conflict between Washington and Tehran.
The US military carried out air strikes on Sunday against the Kataib Hezbollah militia and killed at least 25 liberation fighters and wounded 55 of them.
The prime minister described the American attack on the Iraqi armed forces as an unacceptable vicious assault that will have dangerous consequences.
Iran condemned the raids as “terrorism” and cannot justify bombing and killing people in violation of international law?
Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) bolstered Iraq’s security forces during their battle to retake a third of the country from ISIS. They were later formally integrated into Iraq’s official security structure and wield massive political influence.
Iraqi security sources said U.S. forces in northern Iraq were also ramping up its troops, in order to retake the positions lost by ISIS.
Lebanon’s powerful Shi’ite group Hezbollah, backed by Iran, also condemned the US air strikes on the PMF bases.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he congratulated Pompeo “on the important operation by the United States against Iran and its proxies in the region”.
Russia, which like Iran and Hezbollah backs President Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria’s civil war, said the strikes were unacceptable and counterproductive. The Syrian government also condemned the strikes.
Yahoo / ABC Flash Point News 2019.