By Daily Caller. The new leader of the pro-Iranian Iraqi militant force who is believed to be the author of last week’s attack on the United States embassy in Baghdad is calling Friday for an “upcoming battle” with Americans in Iraq.
Qais al-Khazali said that he is putting his militia on “high alert” following a U.S. attack ordered by President Donald Trump that killed Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, formerly the leader of Kata’ib Hezbollah, known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an Iraqi paramilitary group with terrorist designs.
“All fighters should be on high alert for upcoming battle and great victory. The price for the blood for the martyred commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis is the complete end to American military presence in Iraq,” local TV channel al-Ahd, which maintains connections to his militant force, quoted Khazali, according to The New York Times. (Read more from “Iraqi Militant Leader Warns of ‘Upcoming Battle’ With U.S., Promises ‘Great Victory’” HERE)
U.S. Sending Thousands of Fort Bragg Troops to Middle East in Response to Iran Threat
By McClatchy DC. The U.S. is deploying around 3,500 additional soldiers from Fort Bragg, N.C., to the Middle East to protect American personnel, bases and interests after Iran promised to retaliate for the Thursday drone strike that killed one of its top generals.
The troops are from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division Global Response Force brigade. The brigade is specialized to have its first units deploy within 18 hours in response to any threat and have the full complement of forces deploy within 96 hours. (Read more from “U.S. Sending Thousands of Fort Bragg Troops to Middle East in Response to Iran Threat” HERE)