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Shia Militias’ Violation of Rule of Law in Iraq Outrages US

The US State Department said on Thursday that it was outraged by the militias who violate Iraq’s sovereignty and rule of law.

State Department’s Spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement that Washington was also concerned that peaceful demonstrators who took to the streets to urge reforms were met with threats and brutal violence.

The statement came after clashes between the security forces and protesters in Baghdad left at least one dead and several others injured.

Also, the statement addresses a recent escalation between government’s security forces and the Hashd al-Shaabi in Baghdad in the wake of the arrest of a Shia militia commander by the Iraqi government.

Hashd al-Shaabi deployed hundreds of armed men to besiege Baghdad’s Green Zone to pressure PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi to free the commander who was arrested in relation with the killing of activists and attacks on Ain al-Assad airbase.

“We welcome every effort by the government to hold accountable the militias, thugs, and vigilante groups for their attacks against Iraqis exercising their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly as well as for their assault on the rule of law,” Price said.

“We reaffirm the US government’s enduring commitment to the Iraqi people and a strong, sovereign, and prosperous Iraq,” he added.