Iraqi Militias Threaten Israel, Sudani’s Govt Braces for Response

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani. (AFP)
Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani. (AFP)
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Iraqi Militias Threaten Israel, Sudani’s Govt Braces for Response

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani. (AFP)
Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani. (AFP)

Key Iraqi militias announced plans to join Lebanon’s Hezbollah in fighting Israel, putting Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani’s government in a tough spot as it must consider how Israel might respond if these groups carry out attacks from Iraqi territory.

Five months ago, the government secured a truce between militias and US forces. However, the developments in Gaza and escalating conflict in southern Lebanon have changed the situation.

On Sunday, the Iraqi militia Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada announced it would join any war between Iran-backed Hezbollah and Israel.

Kazem Al-Fartousi, spokesman for Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada, announced that Iraq is part of the ongoing conflicts in Gaza and Lebanon.

“The wars in Gaza and Lebanon are part of a single axis, and Iraq is part of this axis,” he declared.

“We, as Iraqi factions, are already part of this war. We don't need to join it; we are inherently involved,” he added.

Al-Fartousi also stated that Iraqi factions are targeting Israel almost daily.

On Saturday, Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militias announced a joint military operation with the Iraqi “Islamic Resistance” targeting four ships in Israel’s Haifa port.

Al-Fartousi warned that if Israel’s government takes any aggressive actions against Hezbollah, it would result in a significant defeat for Israel.

“If the Zionist entity’s government acts recklessly with Hezbollah in Lebanon, there will be a large graveyard for this entity, and everyone will help bury it,” he vowed.

On Friday, Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada announced the death of one of its members in a strike on the Iraq-Syria border. While the group accused American forces of targeting the vehicle, the US-led coalition denied carrying out any strike.

Al-Fartousi’s inflammatory remarks on behalf of so-called “Islamic Resistance factions” raise questions about their representation of the broader spectrum of Iraqi armed groups.

The US State Department designated Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada and its leader as Specially Designated Global Terrorists late last year.

A politician close to Iraq’s pro-Iran Coordination Framework revealed that the truce between Iraqi militias and US forces, brokered by al-Sudani, enjoyed the backing of the Framework.

The politician, who requested anonymity, told Asharq Al-Awsat that recent attacks on American-branded restaurants and threats from militias do not represent all factions and may not lead to action.

“These incidents don't speak for all groups involved,” he clarified.

“The government is committed to safeguard foreign interests in Iraq, including embassies, companies, and other commercial or political entities,” he emphasized.

The government also won’t allow Iraq “to become a battleground for settling scores at the expense of its sovereignty and bilateral relations, including with the US,” he added.

This underscores Iraq’s commitment to maintaining stability and protecting international relationships amidst regional tensions, he stressed.



Iraqi Air Force Strikes ISIS Positions in Hamrin Mountains

An Iraqi military force in a previous operation to pursue ISIS in Salahuddin, Diyala, and Samarra (Iraqi News Agency)
An Iraqi military force in a previous operation to pursue ISIS in Salahuddin, Diyala, and Samarra (Iraqi News Agency)
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Iraqi Air Force Strikes ISIS Positions in Hamrin Mountains

An Iraqi military force in a previous operation to pursue ISIS in Salahuddin, Diyala, and Samarra (Iraqi News Agency)
An Iraqi military force in a previous operation to pursue ISIS in Salahuddin, Diyala, and Samarra (Iraqi News Agency)

The Iraqi Security Media Cell reported on Friday that an aerial strike by F-16 aircraft in Mount Hamrin, near the border of Kirkuk and Salahuddin governorates, killed three ISIS militants.

In a statement, the cell said the operation was executed with “high-level coordination” between the Counter-Terrorism Service and the Joint Operations Command.

A force from the Counter-Terrorism Service’s Kirkuk regiment, assisted by technical and reconnaissance support from the Joint Operations Command, proceeded to inspect the site of the strike.

They discovered the bodies of three ISIS militants and seized light weapons, ammunition, explosives, and two explosive belts. They also found several destroyed weapons, equipment, communication devices, and various logistical materials.

This comes at a time when Baha Araji, an Iraqi official, announced that a deal has been reached with Washington to end the US-led international coalition’s operations in Iraq.

The official stated that this decision comes after careful consideration and discussions that have been ongoing since February.

The announcement was made on a televised broadcast, where Araji highlighted the significance of this move, emphasizing the longstanding ties between Iraq and the US.

This decision marks the end of a cooperative phase that began with the coalition’s establishment.

Additionally, it was mentioned that Iraqi forces have taken control of several areas, maintaining security and stability. Araji underscored that this transition reflects Iraq’s growing capabilities and sovereignty.

This development follows the recent interactions between Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ Al-Sudani and US representatives, aimed at redefining the future relationship between Baghdad and Washington.