June 12, 2020
The Republican Study Committee (RSC) in the US Congress has recommended designating the “Badr Organization” and its head and secretary-general Hadi al-Ameri, in addition to several factions of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) as terrorists.
Al-Hurra news station revealed that the report published by RSC stressed that Badr Organization, Ameri, and factions of Kataib al-Imam Ali, Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada, Liwa Abu al-Fadhal al-Abbas, Jund al-Islam, among others should be classified as terrorists.
For his part, Ameri pinned high hopes on the Iraqi negotiators that they will not disappoint the Iraqi people who took to the streets demanding the departure of foreign forces and the achievement of full national sovereignty.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Hisham Daoud’s advisor affirmed that Iraq shares friendly and strong ties with the US as well as other countries in diverse fields such as military, security, energy, culture, and education.
Daoud stressed that the US is a key state and Iraq needs to be on good terms with countries of strong economies.
Earlier, Iraq asked for Washington’s help in the fight against ISIS but Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s government affirms now that Iraq has military capabilities and potentials to face internal risks and terrorism, he noted.
Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, MP and committee member Aras Habib Karim said that what matters in the current Iraqi-US talks is that it outlines a roadmap for future ties between the two countries.
“It is my belief that the government of Iraq is going to want to retain US and coalition forces,” General Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of US forces in the region, said in an online conference sponsored by a Washington think tank.
“And as you know, from my perspective, we’re in Iraq to finish the defeat of ISIS and to support Iraq as they finish that defeat and come to a final, final victory against it,” he said.