Antichrist, Shi’ite Militia Leaders Ramp Up Calls For Anti-U.S. March

Muqtada Al-Sadr, Shi’ite Militia Leaders Ramp Up Calls For Anti-U.S. March

On January 23, 2020, Shi’ite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr issued a new statement aimed at mobilizing more people to participate in Friday’s planned one-million-man march to end the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq. Under the title “A Thought,” Al-Sadr’s message asked Iraqi men, women and children to answer “the call of the homeland… the time to reform Iraq’s system and to evict invaders is now… Hasten to support the beloved [homeland], as it is calling to you, and do not renege on your vow.”

Al-Sadr’s tweeted message

The previous day, January 22, Al-Sadr’s spokesman Salah Al-Obaidi told the state-run Al-Iraqyia TV[1] that “the instructions given by Al-Sadr last week regarding his proposed march underline that the participation of militias, including those who targeted the U.S. Embassy, is not wanted.”[2]

On January 23, Saleh Mohammad Al-Iraqi, an affiliate of Al-Sadr, tweeted a poster titled “It has to be a million,” in reference to the number of participants the organizers aim to mobilize.

The tweeted poster.

The previous day, the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), whose leaders had met with Al-Sadr in Qom earlier this month,[3] issued statements and messages to ramp up calls for a unified position against the U.S. presence in Iraq.

On January 22, Qais Al-Khazali, the secretary-general of the PMU group Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq, appeared in a video message in which he called on Iraqis from all religions and sects to join the anti-U.S. demonstration. Referring to the Iraqi parliament’s decision to expel the U.S. forces, he said: “In Iraq, the fighters of the Popular Mobilization Units are the ones who defeated the American terrorist takfiri scheme of ISIS. These same fighters are the now the heroes of the resistance [movement]. They are at the highest levels of readiness should the U.S. continue to reject the political and public decision.”

Al-Khazali in his video message (Source:, January 22, 2020)

He further explained that this decision “will be evidenced by the millions who will come out Friday to show the world that the Iraqi youth and resistance are capable of forcing all occupation forces to withdraw.”

The video message signals Al-Khazali’s first media appearance since the funerals of IRGC Qods Force commander Khazali and PMU deputy commander Abu Mahdi Al- Muhandis.

Earlier, on January 22, the Hizbullah Brigades in Iraq issued a statement calling on Sunnis and Shi’ites to join the demonstration.[4] The statement described Friday’s march as “the second 1920 revolution,” referring to a revolt by Iraqi tribes against the British occupation.

The Hizbullah Brigades statement (Source:

“For those whose grandparents did not have the honor of fighting the British occupation in the first revolution of 1920, you have the chance to write your name in letters of gold on this page of the struggle, to be a source of pride for your children and grandchildren and a beacon for future generations,” the statement said.

A statement by the Al-Nujaba Movement in Iraq called on Iraqis to join the march to “reject the powers of the global arrogance” – a term for the U.S. used by the Iranian regime.

The Al-Nujaba statement (Source:

The statement went on to remind Iraqis: “The Great Satan [the U.S.], with its supporters, want to intimidate you, yet they are weak… The world is awaiting an historic stance from Iraq – a stance that will reject humiliation and honor Iraq and determine its future.”

[1], January 22, 2020.

[2] See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 8496, After Meeting In Iran, Shi’ite Militia Leaders And Cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr Call For One Million Man March To End U.S. Military Presence, January 14, 2020.

[3] See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 8491, Commanders Of Shi’ite Militias In Iraq Continue To Threaten U.S. Forces While Seeking To Mend Internal Rifts, January 13, 2020.


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Babylon the Great Prepares for War

ENC military ‘ready to deploy’ if called upon – News – The Daily News – Jacksonville, NC

Tensions between the United States and several middle eastern countries have teetered since President Trump ordered a missile strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassam Soleimani on Jan. 3.

With some military assignments being rerouted and so much of the future unknown, military members in Eastern North Carolina stand ready to deploy — they are trained on the importance of being ready to deploy on a moment’s notice.

Marines and sailors are constantly engaged in combat and job-specific training, and units make sure their military members and their families are always prepared for deployments, said Lt. Col. Rob Shuford of the II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune.

The unit maintains a high level of readiness at all levels to ensure that we are ready to deploy if called upon,” Shuford said.

Recently, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Trump have taken verbal shots at one another. Khamenei called the U.S. government “villainous” and said if the United States is standing with the Iranian people, “it is only to stab them in the heart with their venomous daggers,” USA Today reported.

Iraq has also requested the removal of American troops from their soil, stating the missile strike was an unacceptable breach of Iraqi sovereignty and violation of security agreements, the Associated Press reported. However, on Friday the U.S. State Department rejected the request and instead asked for Iraq and the United States to talk about how to recommit to their partnership.

In January, Fort Bragg deployed approximately 3,500 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division to the Middle East, the Fayetteville Observer reported, and Camp Lejeune and New River redirected 2,500 Marines to the Mediterranean Sea, according to previous reports by The Daily News.

Shuford said units are constantly training at facilities aboard Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Stations Cherry Point, New River and Beaufort, but training is not limited to these locations only.

Climate training plays a tremendous role in a military member’s readiness to be deployed and the Marine Corps also sends units to various locations around the United States and overseas in order to acclimate themselves, according to Shuford.

Shuford also stressed the importance of sending supplies, like fuel, replacement parts for vehicles and aircraft, along with food and ammunition required for the units to operate.

In addition to supplies that are ready to deploy from Camp Lejeune, Shuford said the U.S. Department of Defense maintains prepositioned equipment and supplies all over the world that can be used when needed.

However, taking care of the homefront is something Shuford explained is a critical part of the military’s overall readiness.

Ultimately, service members and unit leaders are responsible for items such as power of attorney, financial matters, housing for families, etc.; however many units have established liaisons between the families and the commands.

“Aside from unit leadership, many units have assigned Deployment Readiness Coordinators to help address any challenges that families may have preparing for a deployment, or to help during a deployment,” said Shuford.

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N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper recently shared a long list of state government support resources for military members and their families in light of the recent deployments.

The list includes tax assistance with deadline extensions and combat zone pay provided at; rental and leasing resources like the Servicememebers Relief Act and the N.C. Servicesmembers Civil Relief Act, which provides protection for service men and women and their families, including determining eligibility for lease termination or eviction protection at; and behavioral health services provided through the Department of Health and Human Services. To view the full list of available services visit

“Our brave servicemembers work tirelessly to keep us safe, and they should be able to carry out their service without worrying about loved ones back home,” Cooper is quoted as saying in the recent release. “It is important that we provide resources to servicemen and women and their families to ensure that a sudden deployment does not put them at financial or other risk.”

ENC and its residents are no strangers to the challenges they would face if the military deployed a large number of military members.

“A major deployment would mean a ghost town for the residents living here in Jacksonville,” said retired Naval Petty Officer 2nd Class Erica Nightingale, who served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years.

The area would see the effect not only in the number of military men and women being sent elsewhere, but also with their families. Nightingale said some spouses and families members choose to go home to their own families to seek help while their loved one is deployed.

However, some families choose to stay, or must stay due to the lives they’ve built in ENC.

Victoria Johnson, whose husband is stationed at MCAS Cherry Point and has been through three major deployments, said she wouldn’t move back home.

“Normally, it’s a younger couple going through their first deployment that chooses to go back home because they haven’t built that support system, however the ones that have several deployments under their belts are the ones that stay put,” she said.

Factors such as buying a house, older children, pets, and friends are some of the reasons why Johnson continues her life in ENC during deployment.

Johnson added that in some cases, like her own, she didn’t have that support system back home and it is easier not to drop everything and leave, along with not wanting to constantly move her family during every deployment.

In terms of setting up their affairs, Johnson took advantage of the Readiness Coordinators to ensure her family was set up before deployment with a general power of attorney, along with making sure her family IDs were up to date and house maintenance was taken care of.

Johnson stressed that the biggest assurance was that her family had the address of where her husband was deploying in order to send mail and care packages.

Babylon the Great Meets with the Iraqi Horn (Daniel)

Trump meets Iraqi counterpart, first since Soleimani strike


BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump hinted that sanctions on Iraq were still a possibility in a bilateral meeting with Iraq’s president Wednesday, the first since a U.S. drone strike on Iraqi soil killed a top Iranian general, straining Washington-Baghdad ties.

Iraq’s President Barham Saleh met with Trump on the sidelines of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland amid threats from Iran-backed militia groups promising to exact revenge should he sit down with the American president.

It was the first high-level meeting since the Jan. 3 U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and senior Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis near Baghdad’s airport. The attack provoked the ire of Iraqi officials across the political spectrum and lead to the passing of a non-binding resolution to oust U.S. troops from Iraq.

In response, Trump threatened sanctions in Iraq, which would have profound and devastating effects on the country’s economy if realized.

Trump said Washington and Baghdad have had “a very good relationship” and that the two countries had a “host of very difficult things to discuss,” in remarks to reporters.

Asked whether the administration was still considering slapping sanctions on Iraq, Trump said: “We’ll see what happens because we have to do things on our terms.”

Saleh interjected here, saying the two countries shared common interests including the fight against extremism, regional stability and an independent Iraq.

“And we’re also involved with them in their oil business, and that’s always been very important from their standpoint and from our standpoint. So we have a lot of very positive things to talk about,” said Trump.

Asked whether there was a plan for U.S. troops to remain in Iraq, Trump said: “We’re down to 5,000. So we’re down to a very low number — historically low. And we’ll see what happens.”

There are approximately 5,200 U.S. troops in Iraq advising and assisting Iraqi security forces in the fight against the Islamic State group.

The bilateral meeting came amid threats from Iraqi militia group Kataeb Hezbollah, backed by Iran, which warned Saleh to avoid meeting Trump or not to return to Baghdad, in statements posted online. The same group threatened lawmakers from voting against the resolution to oust U.S. troops.

A march organized by supporters of influential Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in favor of pushing out American troops was set for Friday in Baghdad. It has the backing of both Hadi al-Ameri, head of the parliamentary Fatah bloc, as well as Iran-backed militia leader Qais al-Khazali, the head of Asaib al-Haq. Al-Sadr’s party won the largest number of seats in Iraq’s 2018 federal election.

In statements published on YouTube, Khazali said “2020 is the year of ending the U.S. occupation.”


Superville reported from Davos, Switzerland. Associated Press writer Qassem Abdul-Zahra contributed from Baghdad.

Antichrist’s Armed Groups Condemn Salih-Trump Meeting

A statement from the Iraqi presidency said that the two heads of state discussed reducing foreign troops in the country [Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]

Baghdad, Iraq – Leaders of several Iraqi Shia armed groups have condemned President Barham Salih’s meeting with his United States counterpart President Donald Trump, with some threatening to force Salih to resign.

The meeting between the two presidents took place on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday.

It came amid rising regional tensions that spilled over in Iraq after the killing of the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani, and the simultaneous assassination of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis,the deputy leader of the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces or PMF) in an airstrike ordered by Trump near Baghdad airport earlier this month.

Al-Muhandis was also the founder of Kataib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed armed group that the US targeted in Iraq and Syria on December 30, killing at least 25 fighters and injuring more than 50. The attack was in response to the killing of a US civilian contractor two days earlier.


Supporters and members of Kataib Hezbollah and other paramilitary groups within the PMF, an umbrella organisation of mostly Iran-backed Shia armed groups, responded by storming the US embassy in Baghdad.

Mohammad Mohie, a spokesperson for Kataib Hezbollah, told Al Jazeera that the group considered the Salih-Trump meeting “deeply humiliating and inconsiderate of the loss of Iraqi blood”.

“Trump has committed unforgivable crimes against the Iraqi people. How could Salih join hands with someone who has no respect for Iraq’s sovereignty and the blood of its martyrs?” Mohie asked.

“He [Salih] has positioned himself against the Iraqi people. We call on him to step down and not return to Baghdad. He is no longer welcome among us.”

‘Must step down’

Echoing those sentiments, Nasser al-Shammari, deputy secretary-general of the al-Naujabaa Brigades, another Shia armed group in Iraq, told Al Jazeera: “The hands of this man [Trump] are covered in Iraqi blood.

“Most Iraqi people consider this [meeting] treacherous. We no longer accept him [Salih] as our representative and won’t rest until he’s held accountable for going against the will of the Iraqi parliament and disregarding our martyrs’ blood.

“He must step down and be banished from Baghdad,” al-Shammari added.

Following the meeting, Naeem al-Aboudi, a member of the Sadiqoon parliamentary bloc, the political arm of the Iran-backed Asaib Ahl al-Haq armed group, wrote on Twitter: “A statesman should not violate his country’s constitution and sovereignty, or be a reason to infuriate millions of his people.”

The PMF, which was legally integrated into Iraq’s state security forces last year, did not issue a formal statement on the meeting. Its media representative, Mohannad Hussein, told Al Jazeera: “We are part of the Iraqi government. It is within diplomatic protocols for heads of state to meet.”

Critics say some of the armed groups within the umbrella organisation operate independently of Baghdad.

Ahead of the meeting, Kataib Hezbollah had warned that Salih would be “violating the will of the people” if he met Trump.

In a statement ahead of the event, the Shia paramilitary group al-Nujabaa said it hoped Salih “rejects meeting this fool”.


In his address in Davos, Salih said: “Iraq is indebted to the US-led coalition for its military and economic support which [it] continues to provide in the fight against ISIL.

“The US-led military coalition was essential in allowing Iraqi forces to defeat ISIL.

“The Iraqi parliament’s vote to expel US troops was not a sign of enmity. It was just a reaction to what many Iraqis saw as a violation to their country’s sovereignty, an issue that will be addressed through dialogue.”

A statement from the Iraqi presidency said that the two heads of state discussed “reducing foreign troops in the country and the importance of respecting the demands of Iraqi people to preserve the country’s sovereignty”.

In a joint news conference with Salih, Trump said the US and Iraq had “a very good relationship” and said the number of US troops in the country was “historically low”.

Trump also met the president of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region, Nechirvan Barzani, at the Swiss resort.

‘Every single one’

While Iraq’s populist Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr did not issue a statement about the meeting, the move has amplified support for his calls for a “million-man march” against US troops in the country.

The leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq, Qais al-Khazali, issued a video statement condemning the meeting and called on Iraqis to join the march scheduled for Friday morning in Baghdad.

The leader of the Iran-backed group warned that the US will have to face the consequences if it “continues to disregard Iraq’s political and public will to expel US troops”.

Reiterating a similar message, Shammari told Al Jazeera: “We expect an unprecedented number of people to take part on Friday. It will reignite the flame of resistance which won’t die until we expel every single one of them [US troops] from Iraq.

“This is the will of the Iraqi people and the parliament,” he added.

Sadr’s calls for the march came just days after the country’s parliament voted to expel foreign troops and cancel its request for assistance from the US-led coalition that had been working with Baghdad to fight ISIL.

Around 5,000 US troops are left in Iraq – most of them soldiers who came to Iraq in an advisory capacity to help the PMF from 2014 to 2017 in their fight against ISIL.

The parliament vote earlier this month provoked Trump to threaten “sanctions like they’ve never seen before” on Iraq.

Abdullah al-Salam reported from Baghdad. Arwa Ibrahim reported from Doha.

Antichrist’s men meet over ‘US aggression’

Iraq’s Shia armed groups met over ‘US aggression’: Spokesman

Spokesman of Iran-linked Kataib Hezbollah group says meeting took place with Iraq’s Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

The leaders of major Shia armed groups in Iraq gathered in Iran’s city of Qom earlier this month to coordinate efforts to expel the United States’ troops in Iraq.

Mohammad Mohie, spokesman of the Iran-backed Shia paramilitary group Kataib Hezbollah, told Al Jazeera on Sunday that the meeting held on January 13 aimed to coordinate future action among the armed groups.

“That meeting was very important to coordinate our actions, activities and the resistance for the next step,” Mohie said.

“The Americans may stay in Iraq and challenge us, so we are coordinating amongst ourselves,” he said, adding that populist Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, who leads the Sairoon bloc in parliament and lives in Qom, had called the meeting.

It also included Asaib Ahl al-Haq, the Shia armed group led by Qais al-Khazali, who was blacklisted by the US over his alleged role in the killings of demonstrators in Iraq.

‘Beginning of new era’

“We responded to Muqtada al-Sadr’s call… and one of the outcomes [of the meeting] is the protest which will take place in four to five days,” said Mohie.

“This is the beginning of the new era of coordination between Shia forces and resistance groups,” he added.

The Iraqi parliament responded to recent escalations between the US and Iran on Iraqi soil by voting on January 5 in favour of a resolution calling on the government to expel foreign troops from the country.

The resolution also called for cancelling Baghdad’s request for assistance from the US-led coalition which had been working with Baghdad to fight the ISIL (also known as ISIS).

Days after the parliament’s vote to expel foreign troops from Iraq, Sadr called on January 14 for a “million-man march” against the presence of US troops in Iraq.

“The skies, land and sovereignty of Iraq are being violated every day by occupying forces,” Sadr wrote on Twitter. The march is expected to take place on Friday.

US-Iran tensions

These developments date back to December 30 when the US carried out attacks on the Kataib Hezbollah positions in Iraq and Syria, killing at least 25 fighters of the armed group.

The US attack was in response to the killing of an American civilian contractor two days earlier.

Mohie rejected the US claims, saying that Kataib Hezbollah was not behind the attack on a base in Kirkuk which led to the US contractor’s death.

“The US government came up with these allegations in order to attack Kataib Hezbollah. The attacks happened without any provocation against the US or even the coalition,” he told Al Jazeera.

“They want to push the PMF out of this area. What happened in Kirkuk was the Americans trying to create this allegation and they succeeded in attacking our forces fighting against ISIL.”

Supporters and members of Kataib Hezbollah and other paramilitary groups within the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces or PMF), an umbrella organisation of mostly Iran-backed Shia armed groups, responded by storming the US embassy in Baghdad.

On January 3, the US assassinated leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani, and PMF’s deputy head, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, near Baghdad airport in an airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump.

Soleimani’s assassination pushed the US and Iran to the brink of war, but fears of an all-out conflict eased when retaliatory Iranian strikes targeting US troops in Iraq on January 8 concluded without any fatalities.

Antichrist backs down from anti-US action

Iraqi populist cleric backs down from anti-US action

Khaled Yacoub Oweis

Populist cleric Moqtada Al Sadr has backed down from his call for a million-man march against the presence of US troops in Iraq.

It is a significant political reversal after criticism among his Shiite constituency that the march would serve Iran and undermine the three-month uprising he supports.

Mr Al Sadr announced the planned march after a visit to Iran, saying it was aimed at peacefully “condemning the American presence and its violations in Iraq”.

In a statement on Thursday, Mr Al Sadr toned down his language on the anti-US aspect of the march.

He said the demonstration, whose date he did not specify, would be against “corruption and occupation”, without specifying the US.

Mr Al Sadr has been the kingmaker in Iraqi politics for the past 15 years.

He took centre stage, describing himself as the leader of resistance, after a US drone strike on January 3 killed Qassem Suleimani, a top Iranian military commander whose Quds Force oversaw pro-Iranian militias across the region.

Suleimani’s Iraqi militia ally, Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis, was also killed in the US operation.

Addressing the protest movement, Mr Al Sadr said in a statement, “go on against corruption we are with you. There can be no homeland under occupation, no sovereignty with corruption and no freedom with militancy”.

The reference to militancy seemed to be directed at his Shiite militia peers, some of whom Mr Al Sadr had said were militants intent on undermining Iraq by attacking US forces in revenge for Suleimani.

Mr Al Sadr also rejected charges that the demonstrators were “serving the outside”, an apparent rebuke to Iran and many of its clients in Iraq who described the protest movement as a US and Israeli plot.

Many of the demonstrators are impoverished Shiites living in Baghdad and southern Iraq, the bedrock of support for Mr Al Sadr. Nationalist clerics opposed to Iran’s influence in the Shiite learning centre of Najaf also allied with Mr Al Sadr.

One of them, Sheikh Ali Al Uboudi, called on Mr Al Sadr to cancel the march, calling it “out of context”.

He noted that Mr Sadr called for the march after pro-Iranian militias overran a protest hub in the centre of the southern city of Nasiriyah, a core constituency of Mr Al Sadr.

Iraq’s highest Shiite authority, Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani, also signalled his displeasure with the planned march through a twitter group affiliated with him.

The group, the Holy Abbasid See, said a statement by Mr Al Sistani ten days ago drawing attention to unnamed groups as attempting to sabotage the protest movement was “a warning”.

Mr Al Sistani, who is in his late 80s, is due to undergo surgery for a fractured thigh bone on Thursday, underlining his fragility, as well as the potential perils to moderation in his absence.

Updated: January 16, 2020 03:01 PM

Antichrist calls for anti-US protests amid new rocket attack

Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr in Najaf, Iraq Jun 23, 2018. (Photo: REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani)

(Updated: 15 Jan 2020 05:50AM)

Iraq’s Sadr calls for anti-US protests amid new rocket attack

15 Jan 2020 05:42AM


BAGHDAD: Firebrand Iraqi leader Moqtada Al-Sadr called on Tuesday (Jan 14) for a peaceful “million-strong march” against US troops in Iraq, days after parliament urged their departure following Washington’s killing of an Iranian general in a drone strike.

Further upping the pressure on the American deployment, Katyusha rockets on Tuesday night targeted an Iraqi airbase north of Baghdad where US-led coalition forces are based, in the latest attack on American forces in the country.

“The skies, land and sovereignty of Iraq are being violated every day by occupying forces,” Sadr, a populist Shiite politician and cleric, wrote on Twitter.

He urged Iraqis to hold “a million-strong, peaceful, unified demonstration to condemn the American presence and its violations”, without giving a date.

Washington on Jan 3 killed Iran’s revered Quds Force chief Qasem Soleimani in a Baghdad drone strike that also killed a senior Iraqi military official.

The Iraqi parliament responded by voting on Jan 5 to oust foreign forces – including some 5,200 American troops – who have backed the fight against Islamic State militants since 2014.

Bases where US forces are stationed have been under a steady stream of rocket attacks for several months that have killed one American contractor and one Iraqi soldier.

On Tuesday, a new rocket attack targeted the Camp Taji airbase north of Baghdad, the Iraqi military said, without specifying how many rockets hit the base.

Police and medical sources told AFP two Iraqi personnel members were wounded in the attack.

The military instability comes months into mass anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad and the country’s south, condemning politicians seen as corrupt and inept.

The rallies have persisted throughout but shifted to include calls for Iraq to be spared any conflict between Iran and the US.

Iraq has been in political paralysis since the resignation late last year of prime minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, with pro- and anti-Iran factions unable to agree on a candidate to form a new government.

Protesters have rejected the possibility of reinstating Abdel Mahdi.

“The people reject that,” said Hussin Ali Abdul Hussein, a demonstrator in Karbala, south of the capital. “We don’t want to recycle the rubbish, we want a prime minister the public can accept.”

The protest movement and the ensuing crackdown by security forces has left around 460 people dead, mostly protesters.

Activists have faced a campaign of intimidation, abductions and killings.

Shi’ite Militia Leaders And Antichrist Call For One Million Man March To End U.S. Military Presence

January 14, 2020

Special Dispatch No.8496

After Meeting In Iran, Shi’ite Militia Leaders And Cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr Call For One Million Man March To End U.S. Military Presence

On January 14, 2020, Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr posted a statement[1] to his Twitter account calling for a mass demonstration to end the U.S. military presence in Iraq. The statement comes one day after his meeting with leaders of armed factions in the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in Qom, Iran, where those present agreed on a unified position regarding their new roles following the deaths of Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.[2]

In his statement, Al-Sadr says that “the sky, land and soverignity of Iraq is being violated by the invading forces, so let us rise with an Iraqi revolution, not eastern nor western [not associated with Iran nor the U.S.], that will bring victory and blessings to Iraq, and its people.”

Al-Sadr further says that Iraqis should join his call and peacefully march in a “one-million man” march that condemns the U.S. presence in Iraq and defends their country and the highest authority of the Shi’a, referring to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani.

“Soldiers of Allah, soldiers of Iraq, let us have a peaceful demonstration (of one million man) that denounces the U.S. presence and its violations. Make up your mind and do not spare any efforts, Iraq and Marjayia [Highest Authority of the Shi’a] are calling upon you, so do not fall short.”

He reiterates that Iraqis “will not kneel to the power of the international arrogance [the U.S. and its western allies], we shall only kneel to Allah.”

He closes by noting that there will be further parliamentary and political steps taken to ensure and maintain the dignity of the Iraqi people and the sovereignty of their country.

Hadi Al-Amiri, the new deputy commander of the PMU, and commander of the Badr Organization, was the first one to issue a statement[3] endorsing Al-Sadr’s call, telling Iraqis “to reject the U.S. and foreign occupation and maintain Iraq’s sovereignty over its land and skies.”

Akram Al-Kaabi, Secretary-General of the Al-Nujaba Movement in Iraq, also voiced his support in a statement[4] that he tweeted, in which he calls upon “our proud people to refuse the humiliation and submission, and to forcefully rise to the slogan ‘No to the U.S. presence.'”

The Secretary-General of the Imam Ali Brigades, Shibl Al-Zaidi, commented on Al-Sadr’s call in a statement,[5] saying that the U.S. is to blame for all the hardships in Iraq: “The occupation brought a blockade, the occupation divided the country and laid the foundations for quotas, the occupation brought destruction and death squads, bombing, and displacement, the occupation dissolved the Iraqi state and ended its ministries and local industrial institutions, the occupation slayed the national identity by planting sectarian and ethnic representation in all the branches of the state, the occupation targeted and marginalized our competencies, the occupation is the cause of all woes and tragedies, the occupation does not want good for us.”

Within the same context, the leader of the Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq, Qais Khazali, called for rejecting the U.S. presence in Iraq, further calling for a “national” stance that sends a message to the whole world: “The people of Iraq refuse to be humiliated, they refuse occupation and aggression.”[6]

Abu Dua’a Al-Issawi, the military advisor to the Sadrist Movement, commented on Al-Sadr call by saying: “Stay tuned for an epic written by the brave sons of Iraq, all of their sects, to denounce the violation of their country’s sovereignty, and to demand the dismissal of the vicious occupying forces from the land of sacredness.”[7]


[1],January 14, 2020.

[2] See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 8491 Commanders Of Shi’ite Militias In Iraq Continue To Threaten U.S. Forces While Seeking To Mend Internal Rifts, January 13, 2020.

[3], January 14, 2020.

[4], January 14, 2020.

[5], January 14, 2020.

[6], January 14, 2020.

[7], January 14, 2020.

Antichrist calls for one million person march against US military presence in Iraq

Breaking: Moqtada Al-Sadr calls for one million person march against US military presence in Iraq

By News Desk –


BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – Sayyed Moqtada Al-Sadr called on Iraqis via Twitter on Tuesday to form a million person march against the U.S. military presence in Iraq.

The call for the massive protest comes just a week after the Iraqi Parliament voted in favor of all foreign forces leaving Iraq.

The Iraqi Parliament’s vote was came in response to the U.S.’ assassination of Quds Force commander Major-General Qassem Soleimani and the Popular Mobilization Units Deputy Commander Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes near the Baghdad Airport.

Sayyed Al-Sadr, who controlled one of the most powerful paramilitaries during the Iraq War (2003-2010), had been opposed to Iran’s intervention in Syria and their role in Iraqi politics; however, following the assassinations on January 3rd, the Iraqi cleric has been outspoken about the expulsion of U.S. forces from the country.

Antichrist meets with Iraqi Shia groups in Iran to discuss US withdrawal

Muqtada al-Sadr meets with Iraqi Shia groups in Iran to discuss US withdrawal: report

Iraq’s influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (third from left) poses for a photo after meeting with Iraqi Shia groups in Iran. (Photo: Social Media)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraq’s influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr reportedly met with representatives of Iraqi Shia groups in Iran to unite on the decision to expel American forces from Iraq, a spokesperson for one of the groups said on Monday.

Nasr al-Shammari, a spokesperson for the Al Nujaba Movement, was quoted as saying by Iraq’s INA that the groups met “to unite and coordinate forces to fully liberate Iraq from US forces.”

According to Shammari, Sadr had met with representatives of the Iran-backed Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, the Sayyid al-Shuhada Brigades, the Nujaba Movement, and Saraya al-Salam in the northwestern Iranian city of Qom.

Arwa Ibrahim


#Iraq’s Shia cleric, leader of Sairoon political bloc, Muqtada al-Sadr, met leaders of mostly #Iran-backed armed groups within Hashd al-Shaabi (PMF) in Qom, Iran. Discussion inc ways to expel foreign troops in Iraq, acc to Nasr al-Shimmari (right of Sadr) from al-Nujabaa group.

4:18 PM – Jan 13, 2020

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The developments come after Iraq’s council of representatives held an extraordinary session on Jan. 5 to vote on a resolution for the Iraqi government to expel American and foreign military troops in Iraq.

Kurds and Sunni Arabs did not attend the parliamentary session.

The session was held after an American drone killed the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force Qasim Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the leader of the Tehran-aligned Kata’ib Hizbollah militia in Iraq.

Meanwhile, the United States has said it does not plan to leave Iraq, despite rumors suggesting otherwise.

Read More: Pentagon chiefs: we have no plans to leave Iraq

On Jan. 7, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, as well as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, told journalists that American forces were not leaving Iraq, contrary to a letter, ostensibly from a senior US military officer to his Iraqi counterpart, which circulated widely on social media and which suggested that US forces were redeploying within Iraq, in preparation for leaving the country altogether.