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Iraqi Kata’ib Hezbollah Warns about Its Plans to Target US Forces after ISIS Elimination – Media

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The Iraqi Kata’ib Hezbollah popular forces have warned the US forces that they will meet “the Iraqi Islamic resistance” if do not leave the territory of Iraq after the win over the Islamic State terrorist group.

Iraqi Kata'ib Hezbollah Warns about Its Plans to Target US Forces after ISIS Elimination – Media

Spokesman for the Iraqi Kata’ib Hezbollah, Jafar al-Hosseini (Photo: Fars)

The Iraqi Kata’ib Hezbollah popular forces are going to target the US forces, if they do not leave the territory of Iraq after the win over terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) group there, spokesman for the Iraqi Kata’ib Hezbollah, Jafar al-Hosseini said in an interview to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Monday.

“If Americans fail to leave Iraq, they will be in the crosshairs of the Iraqi Islamic resistance,” al-Hosseini said.

He also stressed that at the moment, the main challenge of Iraq is not dealing with the IS, noting that the main goal of the US side is to consolidate in Iraq, but not to fight against terrorists, operating on the territory of the country.

“The US engagement in Mosul and Al-Anbar Province is not solely aimed at putting an end to Daesh [IS] terrorists,” al-Hosseini said. “The Americans want to secure a foothold in region following the withdrawal of Daesh [IS].”

The spokesman emphasized that this is what the US forces are closely following to achieve, adding that the presence of the Americans is more dangerous than IS terrorists, as they have long-term plans for Iraq.

The al-Hosseini’s remarks came after a senior commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known as Hashd al-Shaabi, Javad al-Tayebavi, said that US troops helped IS chief commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to flee from the western part of Mosul city, located in northern Iraq.

“The US forces have paved the way for IS leader (Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) to flee from western Mosul to al-Qayravan region,” the al-Sumeria TV-channel quoted the words of al-Tayebavi earlier this month. “Our intelligence unit has confirmed that al-Baghdadi is moving between al-Qayravan and al-Hazar regions in southern Mosul,” al-Tayebavi noted at that time.

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