Our Coalition Ally: “We won’t join any battle that the United States is leading”

Shia fighters that withdrew from the battle against Isis in Tikrit after US air strikes have claimed that America was trying to “steal a victory” from Iranian-backed militia groups.

In a statement to Arabic language Iraqi newspaper Al-Sawmariyah News, Naeem Al-Abdaoui, a spokesman for radical Shia paramilitary group Asaib ahl al-Haq, or ‘League of the Righteous’, said that the militias neither wanted nor needed American help fighting Islamic State (formerly known as Isis).

“We are fully capable of freeing those areas as the security forces and the resistance factions and tribes have managed to free around 90% of those areas, and America is trying to come into the remaining 10% to steal the big victory,” said Al-Abdaoui.

“We won’t join any battle that the United States is leading, whether that be by air or land, and refuse to enter a battle that the international coalition are joined in.”

Al-Abdaoui added: “We don’t trust the United States as what happened in Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Latifiya and Baiji when many people fell victim to the airstrikes.”

  • Hard Little Machine

    After the Iranians start shooting at US troops, how long before the NYT blames Israel? One day or two?

  • Frau Katze

    Good grief! OK, let them kill each other. Idiots!

  • DVult

    For a minute the headline made me think that maybe Canada had come to it’s senses. As long as Imbecile is in charge we should not have any part of any US led coalition.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Good, let there be more American air raids.

  • canminuteman

    They kind of have a point, the Americans have a history of selling out their allies going back to Vietnam. Besides that there are no good guys anywhere in the middle east. It’s time to withdraw and buy more beer and popcorn. No one is worthy of our sacrifices.

    • Freedom

      The kurds are in Northern Iraq

  • Freedom

    Not one US soldier should fight and die until the US has a real leader in Office with a plan to win, not just to play war.