Iraqi militia commander vows to retaliate for death on US strike

Baghdad (AP) — Iran-backed Iraqi militia leaders have vowed to retaliate against the United States after four men were killed in a US air strike along the Iraqi-Syrian border last month. Talk about

Kataib Sayyidal-Shuhada Commander Abu Alaa al-Walae is backed by Iran throughout the Middle East after Iran’s hard-line Attorney General Ebrahim Raisi won the election as president in an exclusive interview with the Associated Press in Baghdad. He said the radical group would be strengthened. East for the next four years.

Alwarae, who rarely interviews foreign media organizations, spoke to AP on Monday at an office in the Baghdad district along the Tigris River.

Near the Iraqi-Syrian border, on June 27, the Pentagon said the U.S. Air Force plane was used by a group of Iran-backed militias to support a drone attack in Iraq. Conducted an air strike at. Four militias were killed.

Popular Mobilization Forces, primarily under Iraqi state-approved Shiite militias, including those targeted by U.S. strikes, are tasked with preventing their subordinates from invading Islamic State groups and have weapons warehouses. Said that he denied.

US troops in eastern Syria were hit by rockets the day after the airstrike, with no reported casualties.

The United States blamed the attack on an Iran-backed militia group. Most are rocket strikes targeting the presence of Americans at military bases throughout Baghdad and Iraq. These days, attacks have become more sophisticated, with radicals using drones.

U.S. military officials are becoming more vigilant against drone attacks targeting U.S. military bases in Iraq. This has been more common since a US military drone killed Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani near Baghdad Airport last year. Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was also killed in the attack. The strike angered mainly Shiite Iraqi lawmakers, forced parliament to pass non-binding resolutions, and pressured the Iraqi government to expel foreign troops from the country.

In mid-April, an explosive-laden drone targeted the military sector at the international airport in Erbil, an area operated by Kurmanji in northern Iraq, with no casualties or damage. The base also hosts US troops.

U.S. officials said Iran-backed militias had launched at least five drone attacks since April.

Bearded Alwarae, wearing a black shirt and trousers and an olive-green baseball cap, hinted that his militia could use the drone in future attacks, but in detail I didn’t touch it. When asked if they had used drones against Iraqi US troops in the past, he gave no honest answer and moved on to other subjects.

“We want an operation suitable for those martyrs,” he said, referring to the four fighters killed in late June. “Time doesn’t matter if you’re late.”

“We want to have a strategy where everyone has taken revenge from the Americans,” Alwarae said. “It will be a qualitative operation (which may come) from the sky, the sea, along the Iraqi border, the region, or anywhere. It is an open war.”

Alwarae spoke in the office decorated with Solei Mani posters. At the table next to him, Al Warae had a framed photo of him standing next to Sayyed Hassan Nasrara, the leader of the Hezbollah group in Lebanon.

He praised Iran’s new president, Raishi, who will take office next month, saying that Iran-backed militant groups “will have the best time.”

A few days after being elected last month, Raisi said in his first statement after the vote that he would reject the possibility of meeting with President Joe Biden and negotiating Tehran’s ballistic missile program and support for local militias.

Once captured by US troops in Iraq, Al-Warae boasted that his men first went to neighboring Syria to fight President Bashar Assad’s army in 2012, the year after the outbreak of the civil war. He said their first mission was to protect the Shiite sacred shrine south of the capital Damascus. They later fought in various parts of Syria.

Iran-backed fighters from across the region joined the conflict in Syria and helped break the balance of power in favor of Assad. Thousands of Iran-backed fighters remain in Syria, many of which are deployed near the Iraqi border in the towns of Bukamal and Maya Dean.

Alwarae also said he did not expect the Iraqi parliamentary elections to take place on schedule in October, saying it could be postponed until April next year. He has delayed the serious crisis the country is experiencing, including a severe power outage during the scorching summer.

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