Kata'ib Hezbollah Threatens To Block Oil Shipments in Gulf If Us Sanctions Iraq

Kata'ib Hezbollah Threatens To Block Oil Shipments in Gulf If Us Sanctions Iraq

Iraq’s Kata’ib Hezbollah said on Monday (January 6) it would block oil shipments from Gulf to the global markets if the United States imposed sanctions on Iraq.

A Hezbollah leader, Ali Askari, said in a statement that the group would even eradicate the US bases if the United States was determined to stay in Iraq.

“We are ready to help the Iraqi government in providing security for the Chinese companies,” he added.

The Council of Representatives voted on Sunday to approve a resolution calling for the end of the presence of the foreign troops in Iraq after the US killed top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a strike at the Baghdad airport on Friday.

The decision brought international concern. The US State Department said the US was disappointed in the decision.

US President Donald Trump said that if Iraq asked US forces to leave and it was not done on a friendly basis, “we will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.”