Iraq says repeated strikes against Iran-backed armed groups in Iraq by the U.S. may force the government to end the mission of the U.S.-led coalition in the country.
Iraqi prime minister Mohammed Shia’ Al Sudani said this through his military spokesman Yahya Rasool, explaining that the U.S.-led coalition has become a factor for instability and threatens to entangle Iraq in the cycle of conflict.
The comment follows a strike on Wednesday by U.S military, that killed a commander from Kataib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed armed group in Iraq that the Pentagon has blamed for attacking its troops.
Earlier, Russia through its ambassador to UN, Vassily Nebenzia called an emergency UN security council meeting, claiming that U.S military operations in Syria and Iraq risks escalating the already volatile situation which U.S Spokesman Robert Wood Denied.
In another statement, Pentagon spokesman, Pat Ryder restated President Biden’s commitment to protecting the U.S and it allies, submitting that the aim is not to attack Iran.
Since the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza began in October, Iraq and Syria have witnessed almost daily tit-for-tat attacks between hardline Iran-backed armed groups and U.S. forces stationed in the region