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On March 2, 2021, Kawtheryoon Electronic Team, a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq posted in English claiming that the so-called Iraqi resistance factions have the capacity to target U.S. forces not only in the Middle East, but also inside the U.S.
The post said that the resistance factions are stronger than they were in the past, and are expanding, so much so that they can carry out operations within U.S. territory, including Washington DC.
"The axis of resistance today is stronger than before. Resistance cells are rooted even in America and its capital," said the post, which also warned that U.S. forces should withdraw not only from Iraq, but the Middle East entirely.
Additionally, the post referred to Israel as the "Zionist enemy," saying that the resistance factions have "thousands of men" who can rise to replace Imad Mughniyeh, the slain Lebanese Hizbullah commader. It said: " And you, Zionist enemy [...] we have thousands of men like Imad Mughniyeh."
The post concluded by addressing both the U.S. and Israel, saying that the resistance factions will deal painful blows upon each, and that the killing of IRGC Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi PMU commander Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis will not help them escape the "torment" that awaits them.
The post included a poster depicting caskets of U.S. soldiers and a "resistance fighter" overlooking rockets launched over a city.
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