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Kata’ib Hezbollah Praises Taji Attack Without Claiming Responsibility For It

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Kata'ib Hezbollah Praises Taji Attack Without Claiming Responsibility For It

Members of Kata’ib Hezbollah, which is part of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces or Hashd al-Sha’abi, walk along a street painted in the colors of the Israeli flag during a parade marking the annual Quds Day in Baghdad. (Photo by Reuters)

Iraq’s Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH) has praised the recent attack on U.S.-led coalition troops in the Camp Taji without claiming responsibility for it.

In an official statement released on March 12, the Iraqi Shiite group said U.S. forces should bear responsibility of its illegal presence in Iraq. The group also warned that U.S. insults to the integrity of Iraqi people will not go unpunished.

“We renew our request to the brothers who believe in acting against the occupying forces at this stage to reveal themselves in order to preserve their history and their sacrifices and to ward off the suspicions, and we affirm that we will defend them,” the statement reads.

At least 15 small rockets fired from an improvised truck-mounted launcher struck Camp Taji on March 11. The attack claimed the lives of three U.S.-led coalition personnel, two Americans and a British.

Despite not claiming responsibility for the attack, KH said in its statement that “it is just the right time for patriotic and popular forces to resume their jihad operations to expel the villains and aggressors from this holy land.”

Earlier, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said Camp Taji attack was “most likely” conducted by a Shiite militia group, adding that KH is the only group known to have conducted an indirect fire attack on this scale against the U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq.

KH’s statement was clearly meant as a response to Gen. McKenzie accusations, which appear to be motivated by a political agenda.

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