The following is our translation from Arabic of an article from almaalomah.com, the flagship publication of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, with a foreword and notes [in brackets] by Vince Dhimos.
Yes, it is true that the entire Washington insane asylum tells us that this group is affiliated with Iran and therefore evil, but this military group is in fact recognized and sponsored by the Iraqi government and the majority of its membership is not Iranian. In fact, anyone paying attention to events in Iraq shortly after the murder of Iranian General Soleimani will remember that not only did this senseless killing prompt a multi-million strong march in Tehran but also a massive demonstration in Iraq shortly thereafter, which should be sufficient evidence that the Iraqis are not buying into US propaganda desperately trying to convince the public that Iraq wants to get rid of Iranian influence. Think about it: on the one hand you have the US, which killed a quarter-million mostly Iraqi civilians and impoverished the once prosperous nation with sanctions. What's the definition of "enemy"? Then on the other hand you have the Iranian militias who helped fight off the US attack and the terrorists that worked with the US troops. Which do you want to stay and which to leave? In fact, the fact that the Iraqi Council of Representatives voted the week of the murder to oust US troops, and not Iranian troops, was strong evidence that the US is the fly in the ointment there and is certainly not welcomed with open arms after it murdered not only Soleimani but also a respected Iraqi military official.
There have been numerous reports of the US military importing ISIS fighters to various places for example in Syria, and it is known that the US-led West was in fact behind the terrorism that struck Syria, as we had reported here.
The only part of the interview contained in this report that I would quibble with is the explanation that the US’s motive is revenge. Certainly, revenge would be a significant part of the reason for importing the ISIS thugs, but it had occurred to me, following the Council vote to oust the US military, that now the US would encourage ISIS fighters to cause trouble as a pretext for continued US presence in Iraq. Thus, this report seems completely logical to me and fits the Washington MO to a t. After all, the excuse for US troops to be in Iraq in the first place was as a counter-force to ISIS. Meanwhile, Al-Masdar is reporting that there are ISIS sleeper cells in both Syria and Iraq that are now taking advantage of the pandemic to attack government troops – but almost never US troops.
Popular Mobilization Forces: ISIS's recent attacks are a message from the US
Almaalomah / Baghdad ...
On Wednesday, the offcial in charge of relations at the North Axis for the Popular Mobilization Forces, Ali al-Husseini, said that the recent terrorist attacks in the country are an American message, pointing out that the United States wants "revenge" from Iraq as a result of its decision to remove foreign forces.
Al-Husseini told Al-Maalomah that all the military bases from which the American forces withdrew were attacked by terrorists, including Kirkuk,” pointing out that "what is happening is preceded by obvious pre-planning by the Washington administration to stir up the situation and create instability through its criminal tools represented by ISIS."
He added, "The recent terrorist attacks that struck several areas of the country are an American message and the result will come from either the American forces or the ISIS terrorist gangs," stressing that "the activity of sleeper cells was stepped up after they got instructions from the American administration."
Al-Husseini pointed out that "the PMF and the rest of the other security forces recently found, in operations to track ISIS, modern weapons and ammunition in the organization's affiliates," pointing out that "this is further evidence that America wants revenge on Iraq following the decision of the Council of Representatives to remove the US from the country, and it is attempting, through its support for the terrorist organization, to shed the blood of innocent people."