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Iran-Backed Militia Demands Withdrawal of U.S. Force in Iraq - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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Iraqi soldiers train with members of the U.S. Army 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at Camp Taji, Iraq, in this U.S. Army photo released June 2, 2015.  REUTERS/U.S. Army/Sgt. Cody Quinn/Handout/Files

Iraqi soldiers train with members of the U.S. Army 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at Camp Taji, Iraq, in this U.S. Army photo released June 2, 2015.
REUTERS/U.S. Army/Sgt. Cody Quinn/Handout/Files

Iran-backed militia forces warned on Monday that if Washington does not withdraw its forces “immediately”, they would treat U.S. Marines deployed in Iraq to fight ISIS terrorist group as forces of occupation and “deal” with the foreign troops.

Washington said on Sunday a detachment of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit was in Iraq, bolstering efforts by the United States and a coalition of allies against Islamic State.

“If the U.S. administration doesn’t withdraw its forces immediately, we will deal with them as forces of occupation,” the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia said on its TV channel, al-Ahd.

The US military are “making a new suspicious attempt to restore their presence in the country under the pretext of fighting their own creation, Daesh [acronym for ISIS],” the militia added.

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