ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The Iranian-backed Hezbollah Brigades in Iraq claim the United States is behind the escalating situation in the country, adding they are proud to be Washington’s enemy.
Jaafar Husseini, the spokesperson of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah Brigades in Iraq, said the group is opposed to any US military presence in Iraq after the Islamic State (IS) is fully defeated. He also called on US troops to prepare to leave the country.
Husseini mentioned the US had told the Iraqi government it would continue its training and advisory programs for the Iraqi army, but the proposal was rejected by what he called “resistance groups.”
He stated that the Iraqi government was militarily and economically capable and did not require the help of American advisors, adding that the current situation in the country is due to the US’ presence.
According to Husseini, the Hezbollah Brigades—one of the main factions in the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi—has been on the US terror list since 2010, after its involvement in the killing of US soldiers in Iraq.
Speaking to pro-Lebanese Hezbollah TV al-Mayadeen, Husseini said his group was proud to be the US’ enemy.
Regarding the recent military operation to clear the Iraqi-Syrian border from IS extremists, the spokesperson said, “The liberation of Qaim is a big achievement, and the presence of Iraqi resistance groups on the border fails the American project.”
The Hezbollah spokesperson also claimed the US had pressured the Iraqi government to postpone the liberation of Qaim so they could prevent Syrian forces from reaching the al-Bukamal border town.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany