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Senior cleric Sadr lashes out at US meddlesome policies in Iraq

This file photo shows prominent Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

Prominent Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has strongly decried Washington over its malicious intentions concerning Iraq and its nation, describing the United States as the enemy of peace and democracy.

In a statement posted on Twitter on Sunday, Muqtada al-Sadr hit out at the inappropriate role the US ambassador to Baghdad, Alina Romanowski, plays in Iraq.

“We see the foolish US ambassador to Iraq acts as she pleases and doesn’t care about anyone.”

He stressed “I swear to God, she and her country harbor ill intentions towards us and our religion,” referring to the US support for the repeated desecration of the Muslim holy book of Qur’an that provokes Muslims across the world.

“Are we going to let the enemies of peace, democracy, and God rule over [our country]?”

Sadr also noted that Romanowski seeks to “turn Iraq into a subordinate to the US”, and subsequently “spreads obscenity” in the Muslim country.  He, however, stressed that Baghdad will foil their plot.

“No, a thousand times No, the Iraqi nation will be nothing but the nation of justice, and the nation of right, righteousness, and virtue,” Sadr said.

Sadr said the US claims to be a democracy, but Biden “did not give any importance to the [American] people and their opinion.”

He added that the previous US administrations also used to turn a blind eye to the American people’s demands, noting that most Americans were opposing the occupation of Iraq that lasted until 2011.

On March 20, 2003, the US and Britain invaded Iraq in a blatant violation of international law and under the pretext of finding weapons of mass destruction (WMDs); but no such weapons were ever discovered in Iraq.

More than one million Iraqis were killed as a result of the US-led invasion, and subsequent occupation of the country, according to the California-based investigative organization Project Censored.

“Thus, the US is the enemy of democracy and the enemy of peace as it is an occupying [country], and the enemy of sky [God] as it supports obscenity.” 

Last Wednesday, Baghdad announced that the US ambassador will be summoned over remarks made by State Department spokesman Matthew Miller about the removal of the head of the Christian Church in Iraq. Miller had described the treatment of the US-backed Cardinal Louis Sako as harassment.

Baghdad said Iraq’s President Abdul Latif Rashid’s decision to revoke a decree recognizing the patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church as head of the country’s Christian Church was “aimed at correcting a constitutional anomaly.”   

Rashid’s office said the president was “disappointed by accusations leveled against the Iraqi government” by Miller.

Recently, hundreds of Iraqis have also staged a protest demanding an end to the interventionist acts of the US ambassador.

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