Iranian political analyst Emad Abshenas said in an April 13, 2020 interview on Etejah TV (Iraq) that American diplomats, military personnel, and businessman are scared to set foot on Iraqi soil and to "defile" it, because the Iraqi parliament has passed a law requiring the withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq. He said that the U.S. will no longer be able to steal Iraq's resources or exploit its economy, and he predicted that if the law fails to be implemented, the Iraqi people will rise up against the Americans. He added that the Iraqi resistance front would not hesitate to target American soldiers, diplomats, and businessmen.
Emad Abshenas: "Iraq's parliament has passed a law requiring the immediate withdrawal of the foreign forces from Iraq. Today, the Americans – whether diplomats, military personnel, or even businessmen – do not dare to set foot on Iraqi soil or, rather, to defile it. Perhaps in the past the Americans were hoping that after the occupation of Iraq, they would win the lion's share of its economy, or, as Trump said, perhaps they were hoping to steal Iraq's resources. Today, they should just forget all of this. They will not be able to get any share of Iraq's economy. The robbing of Iraq's resources will end sooner or later. The Iraqi people will rise up against them. The Iraqi people are waiting for their government to implement the law to expel foreign forces from Iraq. If the Americans do not comply with this, the resistance front will not hesitate at all to target Americans, whether soldiers, diplomats, or businessmen."