Coordinating Body Of Iraqi Resistance Threatens To Renew Attacks On U.S. Forces If They Do Not Withdraw From Iraq

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December 29, 2021

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As the year draws to a close, there are indications that the U.S. does not mean to heed the demand of the Iran-backed militias to withdraw its forces from Iraq by December 31. In light of this, on December 28 the Coordinating Body of the Iraqi Resistance, an umbrella organization of Iran-backed militias in Iraq, issued an announcement stating that the U.S. forces will never know peace and quiet in the country. Referring to the unilateral ceasefire declared by the organization on October 10, 2020,[1] the announcement stressed that, once this ceasefire expires, the "Iraqi resistance" will act to expel the U.S. troops from the country by force.

It should be noted that, since the declaration of the ceasefire over a year ago, there have been dozens of attacks on the American forces in Iraq, but responsibility for them was claimed by unknown groups established in the last two years. This is apparently part of a deliberate strategy of Iran and of the known militias, aimed at avoiding a direct confrontation with the U.S. and retaliation on its part. The announcement of the Coordinating Body may indicate that the known militias now mean to renew their military activity against the U.S. forces.

The announcement said: "Day by day, it becomes clear to us that the American forces are not serious about meeting the demand of our beloved [Iraqi] people to comply with the decision of the Iraqi parliament that they must leave Iraq. This, even after we gave them a chance [to withdraw], at the behest of some good national political forces… Throughout the [ceasefire] it granted [to the Americans], the Iraqi resistance exercised restraint, patience and commitment, allowing the [Iraqi] government to do its duty and expel the occupiers from Iraq. But we see that the evil [U.S.] administration arrogantly insists on leaving its occupying troops in the country, in the same bases, enjoying full control of [Iraq's] airspace and spying on [various] areas, which are free of ISIS.

"The Americans' dream that their troops will feel safe and that their bases will enjoy peace and quiet is a delusion. It will never happen. People have the right to defend their homeland, a right recognized by all religious and man-made laws. Moreover, this is a religious, moral and national duty. Therefore, once the [ceasefire] expires, the Iraqi resistance will be compelled to force these arrogant troops to withdraw, humiliated and defeated. There is no room for occupation in [Iraq], land of the martyrs and of the holy places."[2]

At the same time, Telegram channels that support the Iran-backed militias continue to circulate posters threatening to target the U.S. embassy and forces if the latter do not withdraw by the end of the year, and also in revenge for the assassination of IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani and PMU deputy commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis,  whose second anniversary will occur on January 3, 2022.

For example, on December 28, Azad News released a poster captioned “We Are the Avengers,” threatening to carry out a drone attack against the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. The poster was accompanied by the following English message: "The day is near America, when Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its’ price…. Your days are numbered and Victory belongs to the Nation of Iraq so say your goodbyes because your time on this earth is soon to expire."[3]

On the same day Jihad Al-Samiteen circulated a poster showing burning U.S. tanks and helmets of U.S. soldiers strewn on the ground, captioned "the big fight."[4]

 

 

[2] Telegram, December 28, 2021.

[3]  Telegram, December 28, 2021.

[4] Telegram, December 28, 2021.

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