Iraqi popular forces have pledged to combat any US troops deployed to the conflict-hit Western Asian country.
Iraq’s Kata’ib Hezbollah group, Badr Movement and Asaib Ahl al-Haq (The League of the Righteous) group made the announcement on Tuesday.
“We will chase and fight any American force deployed in Iraq. Any such American force will become a primary target for our group. We fought them before and we are ready to resume fighting,” said Jafaar Hussaini, spokesman for the Kata’ib Hezbollah group.
The remarks came hours after US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that Washington will deploy special operations forces to fight Daesh in Iraq, with the ability to conduct raids over the border in neighboring Syria.