Militias threaten to fight any US ground troops deployed to Iraq

Published December 2nd, 2015 - 11:00 GMT

Iraqi popular forces have pledged to combat any US troops deployed to the conflict-hit Western Asian country.

Iraq's Kata’ib Hezbollah group, Badr Movement and Asaib Ahl al-Haq (The League of the Righteous) group made the announcement on Tuesday.

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

The remarks came hours after US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that Washington will deploy special operations forces to fight Daesh in Iraq, with the ability to conduct raids over the border in neighboring Syria.

"These special operators will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence, and capture ISIL (Daesh) leaders," Carter said.

Since September 2014, the US along with some of its allies has been conducting air raids against  Daesh inside Syria.

The air assaults in Syria are an extension of the US-led aerial campaign against Daesh positions in Iraq, which started in August 2014. Analysts say the attacks have failed to disband the extremists.

The Syrian crisis, which began in 2011,  has left over 250,000 people dead.

Gruesome violence has also plagued some parts of Iraq ever since Daesh elements launched an offensive in June 2014, and took control of portions of Iraqi territory. 

The militants have been committing vicious crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in Iraq, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and others in the ares under their control.

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