- PUBLISHED ON DECEMBER 30, 2019
The caretaker prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, has announced that he has informed the United States of his anger over its strikes on "Popular Mobilization" sites, and that his country will "make decisions" in response to the attack.
Abdul-Mahdi confirmed, during a cabinet session today, Monday, that "the American strike in Qaim targeted organized forces of the General Command of the Armed Forces, and weapons belonging to the Iraqi army were targeted," saying, "We do not believe that the attack was linked to evidence."
And Abdul-Mahdi considered that this incident became the result of an escalation in the confrontation between the United States and Iran, explaining in this context: "We tried to reduce the impact of the American-Iranian conflict as much as possible."
Abdul-Mahdi stressed that all armed factions ’attacks on American bases in Iraq were condemned, but that the air strikes carried out on Sunday were also wrong and violated Iraqi sovereignty.
He pointed out that the Iraqi government controls the armed factions in 95% of cases and follows a policy of non-interaction between the “popular crowd” and the American forces.
He explained, “The US Secretary of Defense, Mark Esber, told him at approximately 18:45 local time that his country intended to strike the Hezbollah Brigades, and the imminence of carrying out the attack.” He refused and said that he had informed me and the attack would be carried out. ”
Abdul-Mahdi continued, "I contacted the parties concerned in the crowd, but the attack was carried out quickly, and not after an hour, according to what the US Secretary of Defense informed me."
The caretaker head continued: "The US Secretary of State called me to talk about the issue, and I informed him of my great anger and the Iraqi government's rejection of what happened, and indicated that we will take decisions."
He stressed: "The issue of American strikes may be discussed in Parliament, but our government has limited powers and we are waiting for what the parliament will issue."
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