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Shafaq News/ A report published by an American website, today, Friday, concluded that the United States’ continued support for Israel contributes to strengthening the “axis of resistance” supported by Iran, represented by the Lebanese Hezbollah, the armed factions in Iraq and Syria, and the Houthi group in Yemen, and it stated that “ The offensive operations in Iraq represent the end of a unilateral truce for the Iraqi armed factions. At the same time, he stressed that the Iraqi “resistance factions” are avoiding “involvement” in a larger conflict because “they will lose a lot.”
The American website "The Intercept" mentioned in a report translated by Shafaq News Agency, "the speech of Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah on November 11, in which he praised the 'support fronts' in Iraq and Syria, where the factions carried out more than 60 attacks on American forces." Since last October 17, Nasrallah said, referring to his Iraqi allies, that “these actions reflect great courage, because the Americans who are fighting them have their fleets, aircraft carriers, and bases filling the region,” adding, “If you, Americans, want these operations to stop on the supporting fronts, If you do not want a regional war, you must stop the aggression and war on Gaza.”
The American report considered that “Nasrallah’s statements indicate increasing unity between the so-called (Axis of Resistance), which represents a network of Iranian-backed actors in the Middle East that includes the Hamas movement, the Lebanese Hezbollah, the Syrian government, the Houthis in Yemen, and the armed factions in Iraq and Syria.” Noting that "this unity and the violence it threatens to implement has not yet turned into a major military action by these forces, but this represents the most important violent reaction to the American presence in the region in recent years."
The report noted that “this resistance narrative finds appeal beyond the members of the Axis, many of whom Washington considers to be terrorist organizations,” adding that “even within more moderate circles, unlimited American support for Israel, after the Hamas attack on October 7 October 1 stoked anti-American sentiment in a region where many people see the ongoing Israeli raids on Gaza as an extension of decades of unjust American policy in the Middle East.
The report continued, “The painful images of the victims of the Israeli bombing in Gaza revived memories of the bloody wars that the United States launched or supported in places such as Iraq and Yemen, in light of the West’s reluctance to condemn Israel for the massive human losses among the Palestinians, which reminds Arabs and Muslims of the extent to which "The insignificant importance of their lives in Western policy making."
According to the report, “The weak response by the Arab countries allowed armed groups to exploit popular anger and strengthen their credentials as a resistance by presenting themselves as the only party willing to stand up to Israel and its supporters.”
In this context, the report said, “The Israeli war on Palestine led to the incitement of the Iraqi armed factions that were formed in the wake of the American invasion in 2003, and that it is an anti-occupation issue that is directly linked to the Palestinian struggle for freedom,” noting in this context that “ "The numerous clashes that took place during the past hours between Iraqi militants and American forces."
The report mentioned the military spokesman for the Hezbollah Brigades, Jaafar al-Husseini, during a meeting with him at the end of October. He appeared in an optimistic mood, and at the same time contradictory, with the bloodshed that had swept the region since October 7. He repeatedly said, “The battle is clear. Palestine is the issue.” the basic".
After the report pointed out that “Hezbollah Brigades are the most secretive and strongest factions of the Iraqi resistance and have been partially integrated into the state’s security services, but they return to violence during the stages of Western intervention, as they considered that the recent Pentagon decision to deploy aircraft carriers and soldiers in the Middle East, "It constitutes evidence of the United States' direct involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian war."
The report quoted Al-Husseini as saying, “America is a partner in this battle and in the killing of Palestinians, and for this they must pay the price,” adding that “what is happening now in terms of targeting American bases is a natural response from the resistance.”
The report noted that “the resistance factions in Iraq put aside their differences to jointly claim responsibility, via a newly created Telegram channel, for dozens of missile and drone attacks on American forces stationed in Iraq and Syria, which the Pentagon acknowledged led to minor injuries among its soldiers.” .
The report considered that “these successive effects represent part of the calculations made by Hamas in order to contribute to destroying the unjustifiable situation existing in the occupied territories,” noting that “the possibility of reaching a political solution has declined in recent years in light of the increase in acts of violence and operations.” Displacement by the Israelis, especially by the Israelis in the West Bank in particular, under the supervision of the most right-wing government in the history of Israel.”
The report quoted Hamas leader Osama Hamdan as saying, “The American administration has provided full coverage for the Netanyahu government to work to Judaize Jerusalem, attack Al-Aqsa Mosque, expand settlement, continue the siege on Gaza, and end the Palestinian issue.”
The report pointed out that “Hamas, through its surprise military attack on October 7, and the expected Israeli retaliation, was able to return the Palestinian issue to the geopolitical table, and contributed to creating a greater degree of unity among allies in a region witnessing polarization due to decades of wars and ethnic conflict.” And sectarianism.”
The report quoted Osama Hamdan as saying, “There is no doubt that there has been development in relations in light of this confrontation,” adding that it “helped bridge the sectarian rift between Sunnis and Shiites.”
After the report said that “Washington portrays the resistance” as agents of Iran working at the request of Tehran,” Hamdan and other officials in the “resistance” said that “decisions in this coalition are not imposed centrally, but rather each party works to balance between... Regional and local issues.
According to Hamdan, "We are not calling for specific measures because we realize that the environment differs from one country to another, and circumstances differ from one country to another, but we call for efforts to be made in support of the Palestinian cause."
The report pointed out that “there is a unified front with a certain degree of operational coordination in southern Lebanon, where the Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements were allowed to use Hezbollah-controlled areas to launch attacks on Israel, amid reports indicating the establishment of an operations room for this purpose,” adding that this “represents an aspect From (Hezbollah's combat tactics) in order to send a message to Israel that opening the front is possible at any moment."
The report quoted the former Secretary-General of the Sunni Islamic Group Party in Lebanon, Azzam Al-Ayoubi, as saying, “The presence of non-Shiite groups is part of this message, which means that the battle may be widespread, after the group joined the battle in the south, and claimed responsibility for several attacks on Israel.” ".
Referring to the sectarian tension between Shiites and Sunnis due to the events of the Syrian war, Al-Ayoubi pointed out that “these differences have been put aside, at least temporarily, which indicates the occurrence of a sectarian rapprochement,” as Al-Ayoubi said, “It is possible that we are, now at least, to some extent... “In addition to Hezbollah, which is facing Israel, we have this principle as well.”
In addition, the report stated that “the offensive operations in Iraq represent the end of a unilateral truce during which the Iraqi factions stopped attacking American forces in Iraq in order to allow the government, which was brought to power by the forces of the political factions, to manage the relationship with Washington through diplomacy.”
The report continued, "As part of this latest setback in relations between the United States and Iraq, there have been renewed calls for the implementation of the Iraqi parliament's vote in January 2020 to remove foreign forces from the country."
The report quoted Al-Husseini as saying, "These operations will not stop until the last American soldier is removed."
The report stated that “American forces returned to Iraq in 2014 to support the government in the war against ISIS, while Washington has sought since then to get rid of its legacy as an occupying force and portray itself as a strategic partner, but these efforts were taken out of context when an American drone strike killed General Iranian Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi leader Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis in January 2020, an act that Iraq considered a violation of its sovereignty.
The report stated, "Although the Iraqi factions have threatened additional escalation, they, like the Lebanese Hezbollah, are limited by local interests and do not want a broader war."
The report quoted an Iraqi security official who requested to remain anonymous, saying, “They do not want to get involved in this conflict, and they have a lot to lose,” referring to the political and economic interests that have contributed to controlling the behavior of some armed factions in recent years.
The report continued, “As part of an attempt to avoid a repeat of what happened in 2020 after the assassination of Soleimani and Al-Muhandis, the Biden administration initially sought to avoid responding to the factions inside Iraqi territory, and only carried out limited strikes inside Syria, where Iraqi resistance groups are also active, but all That changed last Tuesday when an American air strike killed a member of Kataib Hezbollah in Baghdad shortly after the group carried out a missile attack on the Ain al-Asad base, followed hours later by a second raid on a Kataib Hezbollah stronghold near Baghdad, causing several deaths.
While the report mentioned statements by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in which he urged regional players not to interfere in the conflict between Israel and Hamas so that the conflict does not become regional, the American report indicated that “such statements reinforce the prevailing perception among (the resistance) that Washington refuses to acknowledge the root cause.” To address the crisis and fix it, it further inflames feelings of oppression by trying to suppress what these groups, and many Muslims, consider to be a legitimate struggle.”
The report added, "Washington's decision last week to impose new sanctions on 7 members of the Hezbollah Brigades, including Al-Husseini, in addition to another Iraqi faction, was met with challenge and ridicule."
The report quoted the leader of the Hezbollah Brigades as saying, “This intimidation did not stop the operations of the Iraqi resistance, nor did it stop the operations of the Yemeni brothers, nor did it halt or stop the resistance operations in Lebanon, and the one who can stop the aggression is the one who leads it, that is, the United States.”
Translated by: Shafaq News Agency
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