Have Iraqi resistance cells infiltrated the US? 'We lie in wait', Telegram channel issues ominous warning

Have Iraqi resistance cells infiltrated the US? 'We lie in wait', Telegram channel issues ominous warning
The threat comes at a time when the Joe Biden administration is trying to improve its relations with Iran (Getty Images)

A Telegram channel, which has close links with Iran-backed militia groups in Iraq, recently claimed that the so-called Iraqi resistance factors are capable of targeting American troops stationed in the US, including Washington DC. On March 2, Kawtheryoon Electronic Team, the channel, said the resistance factions are more powerful than they were in the past and are expanding to carry out operations within the US territory, including Washington DC. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which tracks radical groups, published a screenshot of the post. 

“The axis of resistance today is stronger than before. Resistance cells are rooted even in America and its capital,” the post said. It also warned that the American forces should withdraw not only from Iraq but from the entire Middle East. The post also called Israel “Zionist enemy” saying the resistance factions have “thousands of men” who can rise to replace Imad Mughniyeh, a slain Lebanese Hizbollah leader. “Do not think that you and the Americans, by killing Qassem Soleimani and Abu-Mahdi Al Muhandis, will survive the torment of the resistance. We lie in wait for you evil and the next thing is worse,” it added. The post also showed a poster showing caskets of dead American soldiers and a fighter overlooking rockets launched over a city. 



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The threat came at a time whethe Joe Biden administration is trying to improve its relations with Iran by directly engaging with Tehran with the hope of reviving the nuclear accord signed in 2015. Former President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the deal in May 2018 saying Iran was gaining unjustly from it and ever since the Middle Eastern nation has become even more desperate in defying the US and the West. Recently, the West took an initiative to see the US and Iran engaging with each other but Tehran was unwillingly saying it would wait for the US to lift its sanctions first. The Biden administration’s recent decision to launch airstrikes against Iran-backed militias in Syria in retaliation to the attacks on bases in Iraq that are used by the US-led coalition has added to the tension. The state department has asked Iran to halt its terror operations but the latter has allegedly not responded. As many as 10 rockets were fired at an Iraqi military base hosting the US-led coalition troops on Wednesday, March 3, marking the latest attacks and it happened just days before the Pope’s visit to Iraq. 


South Korean protesters holding signs take part in a protest against military conflict between the US and Iran in front of US embassy on January 18, 2020, in Seoul, South Korea. (Getty Images)

Last week, President Biden warned Iran against acting with impunity and asked it to “be careful” when asked about the message he was conveying to Tehran with the airstrikes in February. “You can’t act with impunity. Be careful,” the president told the media in Texas where he recently traveled to survey the extent of damage caused by severe winter.

Iran though has denied that it was involved in the recent attacks in Iraq or against ships in the Gulf or on the Saudi installations by the Houthi rebels back in Yemen.


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