Iraqis hold rally in condemnation of US crimes (+VIDEOS)

TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) – Millions of Iraqi people are gathering in Baghdad to condemn the US crimes on the second anniversary of assassinations of Gen. Soleimani and Iraqi comrade Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

Today, Iraqi citizens from all over the country are preparing to take part in the 'Millions of Responses' demonstration condemning the assassinations of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani and the second-in-command of the Iraqi popular mobilization units, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in January 2020 in Baghdad International Airport.

According to the report, some Mawkibs have also been set up to host and serve the protesters.

Yesterday,  Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU), also known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, forces issued a statement, calling for a protest rally in Baghdad's Tahrir Square.

American planes are said to have flown to observe the demonstration. 

Iraqis to hold rally in condemnation of US crimes (+VIDEOS)

The Iraqi demonstrators stressed the need to expel the American occupiers from their territory.

The number of demonstrators in Baghdad has reached 3 million so far

Iraqis to hold rally in condemnation of US crimes (+VIDEOS)

The Head of Iraq’s Fatah Alliance Hadi al-Ameri pointed out that the path of the martyred commander of the IRGC Quds Force is not over, saying that all the occupying forces must withdraw from the territory of Iraq. 

Iraqis hold rally in condemnation of US crimes (+VIDEOS)

Qais al-Khazali, Secretary-General of Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) in Iraq said that the martyrs Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were the founders of the Resistance, adding that the Resistance forces are ready to teach you [American oocupiers] more lessons.

US embassy on alert amid Iraqi Resistance attacks 

With the beginning of 2022 and the end of the deadline announced by the Resistance forces to the US forces to leave Iraq, news sources said that the US Embassy in Baghdad is on alert.

Al-Sharq news website also reported the activation of the C-RAM defense system in the US Embassy in Baghdad. Iraqi security forces are also widely deployed around the US embassy in Baghdad.

Iraqis to hold rally in condemnation of US crimes (+VIDEOS)

Iraqis rally ahead of anniv. of US assassination of Gen. Soleimani, burn model of US embassy

Last year, Baghdad and Washington reached an agreement on ending the presence of all US combat troops in Iraq by the end of the year.

The US military declared the end of its combat mission in Iraq in December, but resistance forces remain bent on expelling all American forces, including those who have stayed in the country on the pretext of training Iraqi forces or playing an advisory role.

Hundreds of Iraqis have rallied ahead of the second anniversary of the US assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander General Qassem Soleimani, burning a model of the US embassy in Iraq.

General Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and his Iraqi comrade Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), were martyred along with their companions in a US drone strike authorized by former President Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.

Iraqis to hold rally in condemnation of US crimes (+VIDEOS)

On Friday, demonstrators convened in front of the capital Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, which hosts diplomatic buildings, including the US embassy, to remember General Soleimani and al-Muhandis ahead of the second anniversary of their assassination. The demonstrators were carrying the national flags and holding up posters of Gen. Soleimani and al-Muhandis.

They also built and burned a model of the US diplomatic mission in Iraq to express their strong dissent against the US leaders and any American presence in the Arab country.

“Today we are remembering the day the evil embassy entered Iraq, the embassy of the great devil. This American embassy that never brings good things to all countries, bringing harm to the Iraqi people. Today, the Iraqis also mourn Qassem Soleimani, and the heroic martyr Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who walked on this path,” said a demonstrator.

The demonstration was organized by the PMU, better known by the Arabic name as Hashd al-Sha’abi.

Iraqi demonstrators on Friday also marked the second anniversary of torching a security post at the US embassy by people protesting against US airstrikes.

The demonstrators further called for the quick withdrawal of all American forces from Iraq.

US convoy targeted in Iraq's Dhi Qar

A US Army logistics convoy was targeted by a rocket-propelled grenade in Dhi Qar, Iraq, near the Al-Sabah oil field.

A group called 'Ashab al-Kahf' (The Companions of the Cave) claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to a video released by 'Ashab al-Kahf', at least four of the seven vehicles carrying US military logistics equipment were targeted.

Similar attacks against US troops in Iraq have been increasing in the past months.

Anti-US sentiments have been running high in Iraq since Washington assassinated top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani and the second-in-command of the Iraqi popular mobilization units, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in January last year.

Following the attack, Iraqi lawmakers unanimously approved a bill on January 5, demanding the withdrawal of all foreign troops.

Many Iraqi groups consider the US forces present in the country as occupiers and emphasize the immediate withdrawal of these forces from their territory.


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