Hadi al-Ameri, the commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces ©AFP
The commander of Iraq’s
Popular Mobilization Forces has censured a recent announcement by
Washington to send more troops to the conflict-ridden country, saying
there is no place for either the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group or US
forces in the Arab state.
Hadi al-Ameri made the remarks
in a statement released on Tuesday, one day after US Defense Secretary
Ash Carter said that 560 more US troops will be sent to Iraq.
expressed his opposition to the presence of US soldiers on Iraqi soil,
noting that “the Iraqi people refuse to replace ISIL (Daesh) with the
“Our decision: Iraq is neither a place for ISIL nor for US,” he added.
The fresh deployment will bring the official number of US servicemen in Iraq to 4,647.
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter (L) is welcomed by Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obaidi in Baghdad, Iraq, July 11, 2016. ©APMost
of the US soldiers will allegedly help build up the Qayyarah air base
as a staging hub for the long-awaited battle to recapture Mosul, the
provincial capital of Nineveh, from Daesh militants. The airfield,
situated south of Mosul, was retaken by Iraqi soldiers on Saturday.
However, Ameri emphasized that Iraqi forces are able to defend their country and liberate it from the Takfiri elements.
the world know that Iraqis are capable of liberating their country. As
we liberated Baiji, Fallujah and Qayyarah we will liberate Mosul,” he
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has vowed the
liberation of Mosul in the near future, saying the national flag would
be raised in the country’s second largest city.
The northern and
western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence ever since
Daesh terrorists began their reign of terror in the country in June
Iraqi army troops and allied volunteer fighters are seeking to win back militant-held regions in joint operations.