An influential bloc in Iraq’s parliament has called for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, following a series of air raids targeting Iran-backed Shia militias within the country that have been blamed on Israel.
The Fatah Coalition said on Monday that it holds the United States fully responsible for the alleged Israeli aggression, which they consider to be a declaration of war on Iraq and its people.
The alliance is a parliament bloc serving Iran-backed paramilitary militias recognized as the Popular Mobilization Forces.
The coalition’s report came a day after a drone attack in the western Iraqi town of Qaim killed a commander with the forces the latest in attacks conducted by Israel against the Iranian-backed militias in Iraq. It added that US troops are no longer needed in Iraq.
Israeli also launched a similar assault against Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon, which Beirut called a “declaration of war.”
The Shia militia group, meanwhile, held a funeral procession in Baghdad for the commander killed on Sunday.
“There is no greater than God but God!” the mourners shouted as they marched behind a banner with the phrases “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” Some trampled on an American flag as they marched.
The Pentagon issued a statement Monday denying responsibility for the recent assaults and promising to cooperate with Iraqi investigations.
Pentagon spokesman Jonathan R Hoffman mentioned, He supports Iraqi sovereignty and has repeatedly spoken out against any potential actions by external actors inciting violence in Iraq.
“The government of Iraq has the right to control its internal security and protect its democracy.”
Anger is mounting in Iraq following a spate of mysterious air raids that have targeted military bases and a weapons depot suspected of belonging to Iran-backed militias.
Any side has not claimed the drone attacks, but US officials have stated Israel was behind at least one of many attacks.
The Shia militias have blamed the assaults on Israel but hold its ally the US ultimately responsible.