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Asa’ib leader: Iraqi resistance in state of war with Zionist regime

Members of the Iraqi Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba anti-terror resistance groups are seen during a military parade in Baghdad, Iraq. (File photo)

The leader of an Iraqi resistance group has roundly denounced the recent Israeli strikes on Syria that targeted facilities belonging to the fellow Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba group, stressing that fighters from Iraq’s anti-terror factions are at a state of war with the occupying Tel Aviv regime.

Qais al-Khazali, the secretary-general of the Iraqi resistance movement Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, which is part of Iraq’s anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) or Hashd al-Sha’abi, made the remarks in an exclusive interview with the Arabic-language al-Ahad television network on Friday.

“The Baghdad government fully supports the cause of the Palestinian nation. Some Arab regimes are not only indifferent to the [crimes] of the Zionist regime, but also serve this occupying and usurping entity,” he said.

He added, “There is no need for the Iraqi government to take a military stance on the Palestinian issue, as resistance groups have assumed such a role instead of the government and on behalf of the Iraqi people.”

Khazali underlined that final victory awaits the oppressed Palestinian nation and the Axis of Resistance.

Syria’s Defense Ministry said that “at around 3:20 a.m. (0020 GMT) on Thursday, the Israeli enemy launched an air attack from the direction of the occupied Syria Golan Heights targeting a building in the Damascus countryside.”

The attack caused “some material damage,” said the statement carried by the official news agency SANA, adding that air defense systems shot down some of the missiles.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said “Israeli airstrikes targeted a cultural center” and a “training facility” of the Iraqi Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba movement in the Sayyidah Zainab neighborhood in the south of Damascus.

Three members of the group were wounded according to the Britain-based war monitor.

A source within the Iraqi faction, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that a “cultural center” belonging to the group was destroyed in the “Israeli” attack, but reported no casualties.

Al-Nujaba does “not have a declared military base in Syria,” the source added.

Iraq’s Islamic Resistance has been conducting numerous strikes against targets belonging to the Israeli regime since last October, when the latter began its bloody war on Gaza.

The umbrella group of Iraqi anti-terror fighters has also launched operations against the US occupation forces in Iraq and Syria. 

Since the start of the Gaza onslaught, the US, Israel’s most dedicated ally, has fast-tracked arms shipments to the regime and blocked UN resolutions that called for a truce.

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