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Tue Dec 1, 2015, 04:59 PM

 

Iraqi Shi'ite militias pledge to fight U.S. forces if deployed

Source: MSN News

BAGHDAD, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Powerful Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim armed groups on Tuesday rejected and pledged to fight any deployment of U.S. forces to the country after the United States said it was sending an elite special operations unit to combat Islamic State.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered few details on the new "expeditionary" group, but said it would be larger than the roughly 50 U.S. special operations troops being sent to Syria to fight the ultra-hardline Sunni militants there. A U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the new force will be based in Iraq.

"We will chase and fight any American force deployed in Iraq," said Jafaar Hussaini, a spokesman for one of the groups, Kata'ib Hezbollah. "Any such American force will become a primary target for our group. We fought them before and we are ready to resume fighting."

Spokesmen for the Iranian-backed Badr Organisation and Asaib Ahl al-Haq made similar statements to Reuters, expressing their distrust of American forces after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein and the subsequent occupation. The militias, grouped with volunteer fighters under a government-run umbrella, are seen as a bulwark in Iraq's battle against Islamic State, the biggest security threat to the oil-exporting country since Saddam's fall.

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Just reinforces the lesson some have so much difficulty learning: We have no chance of being the nation which can help Iraq regain peace and stability. We have got to accept it that we will always do more harm than good with our military in Iraq.

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Response to another_liberal (Original post)

Tue Dec 1, 2015, 08:59 PM

1. The ME region is on autopilot to a large war.

We best just stay out of it now. Especially since we lit its fuse.

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Tue Dec 1, 2015, 09:38 PM

2. If we stay involved in Iraq and Syria in a combat role . . .

 

Americans for generations to come will curse us for having been stupid and short-sighted enough to make such a mistake.

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