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Iraqi resistance quietly but effectively hitting Israeli regime where it hurts

By Wesam Bahrani

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq announced a drone attack on Sunday deep inside the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, marking another significant development amid the Israeli genocide in Gaza. 

What makes it a major development is the location of the target. The Israeli Zevulun naval facility near Haifa Port was struck as part of a "new phase" of operations against the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine as well as the illegal American occupation of Iraq and Syria.

A pattern is emerging of the Iraqi resistance attacking Zionist targets in the Mediterranean while the Yemeni military continues its operations against Zionist and US targets in the Red and Arabian seas. 

In a statement on Sunday, the Iraqi resistance said it struck "four enemy targets", which included three illegal American bases in Syria and "the Israeli Zevulun naval facility". 

In a sign of how quickly these operations are occurring, by Sunday afternoon the Iraqi resistance published another statement announcing an attack on another illegal US base in Erbil, northern Iraq. 

The attack by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq near Haifa followed a successful operation against the Israeli port of Ashdod just two days before that, which followed two other operations against Haifa itself as well as drone attacks on the Israeli Karish gas rig. 

In another sign that US warnings and attacks will not go unanswered, the Iraqi resistance on Monday attacked "by drone a Zionist military target in our lands occupied in Palestine," said a statement.

The statement added the operation was staged in response to the US occupation of Iraq and "the massacres committed by the usurping entity against Palestinian civilians, including children, women, and the elderly" in Gaza. 

All these military operations against the Zionist entity have one thing in common: strategically all these targets sit on the Mediterranean Sea. 

Last month, the Iraqi resistance pledged a new phase in its operations against the Zionist entity and its American patrons, declaring that "more is to come" and in "solidarity with "our people in Gaza". 

The commander of Kataib Sayyed al-Shuhada, Abu Ala'a al-Walai, one of the senior officials in the Hashd al-Sha'abi (Popular Mobilization Units), recently spoke about the beginning of a new phase and said "This stage includes preventing Zionist shipping in the Mediterranean Sea and disabling the ports of the Zionist regime". 

In response to the now almost daily attacks on the illegal US bases in Iraq and Syria by the Iraqi resistance‌ as well as targeting vital Israeli targets, America's military response has seen deadly airstrikes on buildings belonging to Harakat al-Nujaba and Kataib Hezbollah. 

These are the two prominent anti-terror groups belonging to the Hashd al-Sha'abi, which is an integral part of the Iraqi National Armed Forces.

The Commander of the Hashd al-Sha'abi for the Central Euphrates Operations in Iraq, Major General Ali al-Hamdani on Sunday declared that "The Americans only understand the language of the force and will not leave Iraq through dialogue".

As Washington continues to violate Iraqi sovereignty by attacking and killing members of its armed forces and continues to violate Yemeni sovereignty by attacking Yemeni military positions (as the US claims) or redecorating the sand in the desert, one thing is clear: both parties targeted are undeterred. 

American and British warships are trying their best to prevent Ansarullah from attacking Israeli vessels or ships heading to the occupied Palestinian territories, but it is simply not working. 

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq is now seeking to target the other side of the Israeli occupation’s waters in the Mediterranean, which explains the strikes on Haifa, Ashdod and the Israeli regime's natural reserves in the Mediterranean Sea. 

Ansarullah-led Yemeni military and Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha'abi are with surgical precision targeting the Zionist entity's naval and maritime interests, which the Israeli regime depends on for a significant amount of its trade.

Haifa Port itself (on the Mediterranean) is believed to handle up to 90 percent of vital commodities entering the occupied Palestinian territories. 

These operations are causing notable damage to the Israeli economy amid a sizeable drop in shipping activity in the regime's ports with Israeli officials speaking about workers being furloughed. 

The threat posed to the regime's economy, at the moment, is bigger in the port of Eilat (on the Red Sea), which has been targeted on various occasions by the Yemeni military in recent weeks, who have also imposed an embargo on ships docking at the Israeli occupied Palestinian ports.

As much as the US and its now "poodle" vassal, Britain, insist that the resistance operations from Yemen and Iraq have nothing to do with the Israeli genocidal war on Gaza, the writing is on the wall. 

Every statement put out by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq or the Yemeni armed forces mentions "our brothers in Gaza" and "our occupied land in Palestine". 

These resistance operations in solidarity with the oppressed people of Gaza, targeting the infrastructure of the illegitimate Zionist entity and American military assets in the region will continue unless three conditions are met. 

An unconditional ceasefire in Gaza, humanitarian aid entering the besieged territory and the withdrawal of the Israeli military from the blockaded strip where the death toll now tops 26,500.

There is no coordination between the Yemeni military (Ansarullah) and the Hashd al-Sha'abi, this is simply strategic thinking by both sides, something Washington and Tel Aviv are lacking. 

On October 8, when the Palestinian resistance launched an unprecedented operation, the United States lacked a coherent strategy for West Asia, choosing to focus on Russia and China instead. 

More than 115 days later, as the ripple effects of the faith, determination, and power of the Axis of Resistance is slowly being digested in the White House, Washington’s strategy remains incoherent. 

It has and can only resort to "precision strikes" as putting boots on the ground in Yemen or allowing those boots to leave their bases in Iraq will rubber stamp the end of Biden's presidency.

It would be like Vietnam and Afghanistan put together but on steroids. 

The attacks by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq against the Israeli occupation and the American occupation will not only persist but expand as the genocidal war on Gaza rages on.

The Zionists will feel this in their ports, vital naval sites and trade in the Mediterranean for as long as their indiscriminate attacks against the women and children of Gaza continue. 

Does Hamas need help in defending Gaza? 

The Palestinian resistance doesn't have the air defense systems to protect Palestinian women and children from Israeli attacks. But still, Hamas and other Palestinian resistance groups have been inflicting heavy losses on the regime's military on ground zero. 

Up to 80 percent of Hamas tunnels in Gaza are still intact despite months of Israeli attacks aimed at destroying them, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal, citing Israeli officials.

All that the Zionist regime has done is kill civilians and allow 2.3 million people to starve while the West, with the US in particular, has looked the other way. 

That has prompted the resistance groups in the region to step up and help the oppressed Palestinians.

For Iraq's Hashd al-Sha'abi, Yemen's Ansarullah, Lebanon's Hezbollah or the Islamic Republic of Iran, support for Gaza and the people of Gaza is not a matter of public relations or goodwill. They consider it a moral and religious duty.

Wesam Bahrani is an Iraqi journalist and commentator.

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