Hadi al-Amiri Says No Foreign Troops Needed For Mosul Liberation

Hadi al-Amiri Says No Foreign Troops Needed For Mosul Liberation

The head of Iraq’s Badr Organization says Iraqis can liberate their own country from terrorism and that more U.S. special forces are not necessary for the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) militants.

Badr leader Hadi al-Amiri released a statement rejecting an announcement by U.S. defense chief Ashton Carter that Washington would send an additional 560 troops to Iraq to help security forces liberate Mosul.

“The Iraqi people have the capability to liberate the land under Daesh without the interference of a foreign force in the country,” Amiri said, referring to ISIS by a commonly used term.

Amiri, who also heads the Hashid al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units), said Iraqis would not allow U.S. forces to replace ISIS in the country and that neither group belongs in Iraq.

“Iraqis can liberate Mosul city as they liberated Baiji, Fallujah, al-Qayyarah and according to experts and what the Hahid al-Shaabi and Iraqi forces have done to the terrorists; the liberation of Mosul is just a matter of time,” Amiri added.