Speaking to IQNA, about Iraqis’ protests against recent US attacks on bases of Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd al-Shaabi), he said the protests held in front of the US embassy in Baghdad herald the beginning of the eviction of American forces from the country.
Dozens of protesters broke into the US embassy compound in Iraqi capital Baghdad on Tuesday after smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area, prompting tear gas and sounds of gunfire.
It came after US forces on Sunday conducted drone strikes on a number of Kata’ib Hezbollah bases in Iraq’s western Anbar province, killing at least 27 members of the group and wounding many others.
Kata’ib Hezbollah is part of the Hashd al-Shaabi. The PMU played a key role in defeating the Daesh terrorist group that had occupied parts of Iraq since 2014.
Qammas described the protests as a sign that the Iraqi nation stands against occupation and aggression.
He said the US attacks on Hashd al-Shaabi positions is undoubtedly a move aimed at undermining the popular forces who have always supported the interests of the Iraqi people and defended the country against the Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group.
Hashd al-Shaabi is a main obstacle to the US presence in Iraq and the region and that is why Washington seeks to undermine it, he added.