Iran-affiliated militias say Trump’s Iraq visit ‘will not go unpunished’

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Militias affiliated with Iran in Iraq threatened to respond to American President Donald Trump’s visit to Iraq on Wednesday.

Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq and Harakat al-Nujaba said Trump’s visit to Al Asad Air Base in Anbar “will not go unpunished.”

Harakat al-Nujaba said it will not allow turning Iraq into an American base that threatens neighboring countries and called on the Iraqi government to expel American troops from the country as their presence harms the country’s sovereignty.

Sabah al-Saadi, head of the parliamentary reform and reconstruction bloc, called for holding an emergency parliamentary session to discuss the presence of American troops in the country.

An Iraqi official had revealed that the American army established two new military bases west of Iraq near the Syrian borders.

The move comes less than a week after President Trump decided to withdraw American troops from Syria.

According to media reports, Farhan al-Duleimi, a member of Anbar’s provisional council, said that the first base was established north of Rumana sub-district in al-Qaim district in the vicinity of the Syrian border. This is located around 360 kilometers west of Ramadi, the capital of the Anbar governorate. As for the second base, it was established east of al-Rutbah, which is around 310 km west of Ramadi and near the Syrian border.

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