UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United States has included the Iraqi group Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), which is associated with Iran, in the list of terrorist organizations. According to the Department of State, AAH is “funded and trained” by Al-Quds of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) of Iran, which the United States recognized as a terrorist organization in April 2019.
“Acting on behalf of their masters in Tehran, they use violence and terror to continue the efforts of the Iranian regime to undermine Iraqi sovereignty,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement . Asaib Ahl al-Haq members are believed to have participated in an attempted assault on the US Embassy in Baghdad on December 31 with the Shiite militia Al-Hashd al-Shaabi.
On January 2, during a raid by US helicopters, Iranian general Kassem Suleimani was killed . He was in a car that was moving from Baghdad Airport. Suleimani commanded the special forces Al-Quds. It is responsible for organizing Iranian military operations abroad.
Also killed were the deputy head of Al-Hashd al-Shaabi, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and the head of the public relations department of the militia, Mohammed al-Jabiri. Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjidi said that in total 10 people were killed as a result of the strike , including the general’s guards.
The Pentagon said the strike was defensive and aimed, in particular, to protect American troops in Iraq. US President Donald Trump noted that Suleymani is responsible for the deaths of millions of people, including protesters in Iran.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani , Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Prime Minister Ali Rabi promised to respond to the actions of the American side.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov considered that “the US move is fraught with grave consequences for regional peace and stability, does not contribute to efforts to find solutions to the complex problems that have accumulated in the Middle East, but, on the contrary, leads to a new round of escalation.”
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