Following last night's airstrikes by the U.S. in eastern Syria against facilities belonging to Iran-backed militias responsible for recent attacks against American and allied personnel in Erbil, Iraq, in which U.S. service members were wounded, below are MEMRI TV clips of interviews with and statements by leaders and officials of Iran-backed Shi'ite militias in Iraq from the past two years.
This report is a complimentary offering from the MEMRI Iran Threat Monitor Project (ITMP).
Iraqi Militia Leader Nasser Al-Shammari: The Iranian Axis Is On The Rise While The Broken Doomed American Axis Is Declining; Iranian-Backed Groups Responsible For Driving Out American Occupation Forces From Iraq
Iraqi Militia Leader Qais Khazali: I Oppose The Shelling Of The U.S. Embassy; Turkey Poses More Of A Threat To Iraq Than The U.S.; Biden Presidency Will Bring About Decrease In U.S. Presence In Iraq
Iraqi Militia Official Sheikh Yousuf Al-Nasseri: The West Trains People To Carry Out Terrorist Attacks, Then Blames The Attacks On Muslims To Prevent Conversion To Islam
Iraqi Militia Official Haydar Al-Lami: U.S. Forces Can Leave Voluntarily Or In Coffins; We May Use Very Precise Missiles against U.S. Military Targets
Adel Al-Karaawi, Spokesman For The Iraqi Ansar Allah Militia: The UAE Has Earned The Status Of An Apostate; We Shall Sink It Along With Israel
Iraqi Al-Nujaba Militia Official Alaa Al-Jazaeri: U.S. Embassy In Baghdad Is Actually A Heavily Armed Military Base; American Soldiers Kill Our Children; We Will Not Stop Until They Leave
Iraqi Shi'ite Militia Leader Qais Khazali to PM Al-Kadhimi: No Iraqi Government Has Ever Prevented Us From Targeting U.S. Forces; It Would Be A Losing Battle For You To Try
Ali Al-Yasiri, Secretary-General of Iraqi Shiite Militia Saraya Al-Khorasani: America, Zionists, Saudis Brought ISIS to the Region; Iran is Defending the Islamic Nation from Israel
Iraqi Shiite Militia Leader Sheikh Akram Al-Kaabi: We Have Resumed Covert Operations against U.S. Forces; Our IEDS, Rockets Will Chase America out Once Again
Iraqi Shiite Militia Leader Qais Khazali: We May Target U.S. Economic Interests Outside of Iraq; We Have the MIssile Capability Needed for War of Attrition Against U.S.
Senior Iraqi Shiite Militia Official Sheikh Kazem Al-Fartusi Responds to U.S. Airstrikes against Iran-Backed Militias in Iraq: Every U.S. Soldier Can Expect to Be Killed
Nasser Al-Shammari, Deputy Sec.-Gen. of Iraqi Hizbullah Al-Nujaba Movement Responds to U.S. Strikes against Iran-Backed Militias in Iraq: We Have the Right to Target Americans Wherever They May Be Found
Iraqi Shiite Militia Leader Qais Khazali Threatens to Respond to Sanctions Imposed on Him by the U.S. with Measures against U.S. Economic Interests in Iraq
IIraqi Shiite Militia Leader Abu Alaa Al-Walai: U.S. Forces in Iraq Will Be Taken Hostage in Event of U.S.-Iran War; We Are Deployed Near All U.S. Bases
Iraqi Shiite Militia Leader Abu Alaa Al-Walai: If U.S.-Iran War Breaks out, We Will Fight alongside Iran, All Americans in Iraq Will Be Held Hostages by the Resistance; We Could Easily Send Drone to Strike (U.S.) Embassy
Iraqi Shiite Militia Jund Al-Imam Al-Hujja Threatens to Target U.S. Civilian, Military Sites, Interests in Iraq: The Weapons of the Mujahideen Will Bring Hell upon Them
Iraqi Shiite Militia Leader Sheikh Akram Al-Kaabi: We Will Turn Tel Aviv, Haifa into Deserts; Will Chop off the Heads of the Snake – U.S., Israel
Shi'ite Iraqi Militia Leader Qais Al-Khazali: ISIS Was Part of A Zionist-American Plan to Conquer Iraq
Al-Nujaba Militia Leader Sheikh Akram Al-Kaabi: IRGC and Lebanese Hizbullah Officers Have Guided Us in Fighting the American Forces since 2004 and Helped Us Improve Our IEDs