January 22, 2022

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Thousands marched to mark the second anniversary of General Suleiman’s death

That was almost two years ago, January 3, 2020. By order of US President Donald Trump, An armed drone sprayed on the vehicle Iranian General Qasim Sulaimani, the architect of Iranian strategy in the Middle East, and his Iraqi lieutenant Abu Mahdi al-Mohandas, where the number two popular militias (Hussein al-Safi) dominated by pro-Iraqi militants were – the Iranian factions.

On the second anniversary of their deaths, thousands of Hash al-Safi supporters demonstrated in Iraq on Saturday.There is January, call for the withdrawal of American soldiers from the country. In central Baghdad, they waved large white flags bearing the hashtag and Iraqi flags and entered a square closed to traffic.

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“America does not! “, Protesters chanted, some of them holding portraits of Suleimani and al-Mohandas. “American Terrorism Must End”, Can be read in a sign. Addressing the gathering, Falah al-Fayyat, a senior Hasht official, praised the memory of the two. “Martyrs”, Watching their massacre “Crime against Iraqi Sovereignty”. Called back “Total withdrawal of foreign and US troops” From Iraq.

Iraq is trapped between Iran and the United States

In 2020, an overnight attack on a road at Baghdad International Airport raised fears of a war between two rivals operating in Iraq and two forces, Tehran and Washington. A few days after the assassination of General Suleimani, Iran retaliated by launching missiles at Iraqi bases where US troops were staying.

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Tensions between Iran and the United States continue to rise with Iraq. In recent years, dozens of rocket attacks or drone strikes have targeted US troops and US interests in Iraq. Never claimed rights, these attacks are being systematically blamed by the US on pro-Iranian Iraqi factions.

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The latter continue to demand the withdrawal of US troops stationed in the country as part of an international anti-jihadist coalition. Iraq announced on December 9 “End of War” Coalition that has retained its troops on Iraqi soil to date to continue its training and advisory role.

In fact, about 2,500 U.S. troops and 1,000 soldiers from allied countries are now stationed at three bases held by Iraqi forces. These foreign troops have already served as advisers and trainers for more than a year, helping Iraqi forces defeat the jihadist group Islamic State.

Important memories of Monday in Iran

“If we want to avenge the blood of the martyrs, we can achieve full national sovereignty by expelling all foreign powers.”, Hadi al-Ameri, the leader of the Hasht faction, said in a speech to protesters on Saturday.

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As part of the commemorations, a candlelight vigil is scheduled for Sunday evening at Baghdad Airport, where General Suleimani and Mr. The vehicle carrying Al-Mauhandis is now seated.

In Tehran, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei previously led the family of an Iranian general who was killed on Saturday, in the presence of the commander of the Revolutionary Guards and the leader of al-Qaeda forces, the elite unit responsible for foreign operations. Qasim Suleimani. In Iran, a major memorial service will be held on Monday.

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World with AFP