Deputy Secretary-General of the Iraqi Hizbullah Al-Nujaba Movement Nasr Al-Shammari said in a December 9, 2021 interview on Al-Alam TV (Iran) that any American forces remaining in Iraq after December 31, 2021 will be targeted by all the factions of the resistance. Al-Shammari also said that the American forces currently on the ground are soldiers, and not advisors or trainers, since there is no need for as many as 2,500 advisors or trainers.
Nasr Al-Shammari: "It is all just a game of changing labels. It is the same American soldiers and the same American forces. It is not that the [U.S.] forces left, and a new force of trainers and advisors arrived. It is just that the combat soldier is now called 'advisor.'
"Furthermore, everybody know that when advisors are sent to the Defense Ministry – how many advisors does the ministry need? One? Two? Maybe three? What is all this about 1,000 advisors or 2,500 advisors? Does that make sense? Is this normal?
"I believe that this is just evasion and deception, as I told you before. Therefore, we will consider all the American forces on Iraqi soil after December 31, 2021 to be occupying forces that will be targeted by the weapons of all factions of the resistance."