AFP on Sunday found Iraq divided over the U.S. presidential election. Pro-Iran factions, including terrorist groups like the one that killed an American civilian contractor near Kirkuk in December 2019, were pleased to hear that American media outlets had proclaimed President Donald Trump lost the election to challenger Joe Biden.
Others were unhappy with that outcome, especially those who feared a Biden victory would embolden Iran and its proxies in Iraq.
Iran-controlled factions in Iraq were excited by President Trump’s reported defeat, since they hold him responsible for the “greatest crime” of ordering airstrikes that killed Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Gen. Qasem Soleimani and one of his most important Iraqi allies, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, co-founder of the Kataeb Hezbollah (KH) terrorist organization.
KH is the Iran-controlled Shiite militia that launched rocket attacks against Iraqi bases hosting U.S. personnel in late 2019. One of KH’s rocket attacks killed civilian contractor Nawres Hamid, a 33-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, on December 27. Trump responded with the airstrike that killed Soleimani and Muhandis in January and later threatened sanctions after the Iraqi parliament voted to expel all foreign troops.
“Trump’s era was a very negative one, a period of demolition. We hope the new administration will resolve this, by ending the crisis and withdrawing its troops,” KH spokesman Mohammad Mohyi told AFP. (Read more from “Iraq Reacts To Joe Biden: ‘We Don’t Want Obama’s Policies’” HERE)