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Iraqi Militia Commander Threatens to Oust US Troops “Overnight”

A commander of Iraqi Shi’ite militias of Asaib Ahl al-Hagh has threatened again to oust the US forces in the country “overnight” as debates on US military presence in Iraq heat up.

Qais Khazali told Somariya News that the Iranian-backed militias are capable of forcing the US soldiers “no matter how many they are”.

He said, however, that the country’s parliament should work on a law that ends the US military mission in Iraq before the militias attack them.

The remarks came after US President Donald Trump said a day earlier that he will relocate part of the US troops from Syria to Iraq “to watch Iran”.

The statement by Trump angered many Iraqi Shi’ite leaders who enjoy close ties with Tehran. Barham Salih, the president of the country, warned that Trump did not ask Iraq’s permission for stationing the US troops there to “watch Iran”, as reported by al-Jazeera.

“Don’t overburden Iraq with your own issues,” Salih said. “The US is a major power … but do not pursue your own policy priorities, we live here.” Source