The fallout continues within the wake of the Pentagon’s assassination by drone strike of a minimum of a number of Kataib Hezbollah leaders in a busy japanese Baghdad neighborhood Wednesday night.
The Iraqi authorities on Thursday condemned the violation of the nation’s sovereignty and warned that it brings the political management a giant step nearer to expelling US troops from Iraq.
Iraq’s navy commander-in-chief condemned the “blatant killing” of an Iran-backed militia chief “within the coronary heart of a residential space” in Baghdad, which may have killed many bystanders. The assertion underlined that the US has proven “no respect for civilian lives or worldwide regulation.”
“By this act, the US forces are endangering civil peace, violating Iraqi sovereignty and disregarding the protection and lives of our residents,” the Iraqi navy assertion mentioned. said.
There have been massive protests in a single day outdoors the ‘Inexperienced Zone’, the place the US embassy in Baghdad is positioned. These protests are prone to proceed within the coming days and will change into violent, as has occurred in recent times.
The US Central Command (CENTCOM) assertion, issued inside hours of the drone strike on the SUV, claimed there have been no civilian casualties:
There are at present no indications of further injury or civilian casualties. The USA will proceed to take the mandatory steps to guard our folks.
Nonetheless, the Pentagon is anticipated to hold out extra focused strikes on senior Iran-backed militia commanders within the wake of final month’s drone strike on a US base alongside the Jordan-Syria border that killed three US troopers.
There are at present some 2,500 US troops in Iraq, ostensibly nonetheless there as a part of a “counter-ISIS” mission, though ISIS terrorists have lengthy been pushed underground. There are in all probability many 1000’s of American contractors and safety corporations nonetheless working throughout the nation, and particularly within the north, in Erbil.
The Iraqi navy assertion ended by evoking the ambiguous “mission” and altering motivations for U.S. troops remaining within the nation. It mentioned that “much more worrying is the coalition’s consistency deviates from the explanations and targets of its presence on our territory.”
— Tammuz Intel (@Tammuz_Intel) February 7, 2024
One of many actual the reason why American troops are nonetheless in Iraq is to help the occupation of Syria throughout the border.
American outposts on the Iraqi facet are serving to with logistics and staging, and have additionally gone down accusations of supporting the ‘oil theft’ occurs within the Deir Ezzor area. In some instances, tankers have been seen coming into Iraq from Syria loaded with Syrian oil.
In the meantime at this time in Iraq…
A US drone hovers over the skies of Baghdad as a funeral is held for Kataib Hezbollah supreme commander Wissam AlSaedi, also called Abou Baqer. pic.twitter.com/QDtL94jsDF
— Ali Hashem علي هاشم (@alihashem_tv) February 8, 2024