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Iraqi Officials Say Israeli Strikes Are ‘Declaration Of War’ — Demand US Forces Exit

By Tyler Durden | 26 August 2019

ZERO HEDGE — One of the obvious and expected consequences or instances of ‘blowback’ from Israel’s unprecedented decision to extend its “anti-Iran” campaign into Iraq, with three airstrikes widely blamed on either Israeli drones or possibly F-35s in the last five weeks, is that it will force a deepening conflict between Iraq’s military and US coalition forces.

There’s long been a broad base of Iraqi support that would like to see the American presence completely out of the country with the Islamic State long defeated, but now that political bloc just got a lot stronger in the wake of the alleged Israeli raids, at least one of which US officials have already admitted Israel bore responsibility for (a July 19 attack on a Popular Mobilization Forces base in Amirli). A powerful pro-Iran faction of parliament has called Israel’s alleged attacks “a declaration of war”.

Aftermath of the recent ‘mystery blast’ at a military base southwest of Baghdad. Image source: AP

The Associated Press reports in the aftermath of yet another Israeli drone strike targeting and killing a Kataeb Hezbollah leader in al-Qaim, Iraq near the Syrian border that, “A powerful bloc in Iraq’s parliament is calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq following a series of airstrikes blamed on Israel targeting Iran-backed Shiite militias in the country.” […]

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