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PMU Commander Denies Responsibility For U.S. Embassy Attack, Vows Revenge Against Military Installations Only


PMU Commander Denies Responsibility For U.S. Embassy Attack, Vows Revenge Against Military Installations Only

Kata’ib Hezbollah fighters gather ahead of the funeral of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Hashd al-Sha’abi or Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), who was assasinated in a US airstrike, in Baghdad, Iraq, January 4, 2020. (Photo by Reuters)

The leader of a large group in Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) has denied responsibility for the recent rocket attack on the U.S. embassy in the capital, Bagdad, vowing to expel U.S. troops from the country.

In an official statement, Qais Khazali, leader of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), stressed that “the Iraqi resistant front” will not be targeting diplomatic missions in the country.

“We don’t target diplomatic missions, at all, and currently we are not targeting the U.S. embassy despite the military and intelligence presence in it,” the leader said, adding “our work is mainly focused on [U.S.] military presence.”

Khazali vowed that Iraqi Shia groups will soon avenge PMU Deputy-Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Quds Force. The two commanders were assassinated in Baghdad by the U.S. earlier this month.

The Iraqi commander said that Iraqi factions will be coordinating military, politically, culturally and socially to expel U.S. from the country.

A day earlier, Iraq witnessed a dangerous escalation when Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched over a dozen missiles at U.S. bases in the northern and western parts of the country in response to the assassination of Soleimani and his comrades.

Khazali’s statement indicates that Iraq may soon witness another attack on U.S. forces, this time by PMU groups which are receiving support from Iran.

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  • Mehmet Aslanak

    He should not travel by car around Baghdad or just watch any drone flying over head.

    • Vitex

      If he stays off Whatsapp and Twitter he should be fine :)

  • Ilya Grushevskiy

    It’s amazing – the wordsmiths at the CIA get away with spinning their tales through embassies. Diplomatic immunity falls to the most horrid of the lot in our days it seems.. How can such a system continue to stand?!

  • verner

    israel israel -the need to forge ahead as the steel is hot enough and thus, israel keeps pushing their mendacious agenda against the interests of the world – terminate israel and send them all the way to hell.

  • FlorianGeyer

    “A day earlier, Iraq witnessed a dangerous escalation when Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched over a dozen missiles at U.S. ”

    This was NOT an escalation, it was merely the Right of Reply to the US Coalition of Terror.

    It is what any nation with a long heritage should do.
    Its only polite to send a gift in return.

    • Ivanus59

      Exactly what I was going to say but glad to see someone said it already.

    • igybundy

      wonder what the PMU groups not supported by iran will do. Seems now if you do anything, your parents siblings spouse children and who ever you might know should be wacked necause you are supported by… maybe even your boss and coworkers and the company you work for.. heck add the postman and mailman and the barber..

  • hvaiallverden

    Yeah, Iraqis, some of the Iraqi politcians is already jumping the ship, huh, nice move, throwing Iran and Iraq under the buss to suck upto the Yankikes, and whines about Iran breaking Iraqi suverenity, with the attack on the Yankike base.
    Where the hell do you find this people Iraq, huh, Washington, or even better London.
    And of course the same person didnt bother to drool something about others breatching your uh…. suverenity, by of course pure coincident, right Iraq, eh…. maybe its more like varaibale demetia, etc.

    Hurmf, maybe Iran should just let the f…. backstabbers have their contry raped and plundered by the west, since their bitches are already lining and whining.
    Yeah, why then the bloody hell am I not That surpriced, and it didnt take long either.
    I wounder was the same politicians disapointed that Mahdi didnt go to the airport, and I bet He was, because if that procedyre indeed was made to happen, then both QS and Mahdi would be fryed, along with the rest and the Great satans bitches would be ruling your nation, Iraq.

    Poor people, when the traitores runs your nation and forget any kind of progress into the future, when the whores of Babylon is running the Gov.
    May they burn in Hell.


    • Xoli Xoli

      I support your points.USA puppet regime of Iraq have no local population interest on heart.USA and Britain are pumping billions of oil fro from Iraq and Libya. Instead of buying oml from Iran their steal it and are deeply worried about Iran surveillance.

      Talking or negotiating with USA,Britain and France plus instigator Israel terrorist chosen regime is just like eating your own vomit.

  • John

    Badr Brigade is firing up, is my guess. They are the ones who threatened the US Embassy.

  • Xoli Xoli

    It was Israel attack just as their did to Saudi Arabia Aramco oil facility just to force USA in a unending war for personal benefit.It is only Israel which violate airspace of sovereign neighbouring states of Lebanon,Syria and Iran and drag USA in this Satanyahu satanic unending war.

  • Xoli Xoli

    Iraqis are USA traitors.Their warn their USA bosses prior to Iran Retaliation.USA,France,Saudi,Kuwait and Britain are fishing on their nation oil.70% of oil are sold by Kurds left and right.Saudis are exploring oil fields.Their invited Soleiman to killed by their bosses. When USA and Britain invaded Iraq traitors started tearing down Saddam Hussein statues.But today USANATO fuck them up just like their want.