Hezbollah: US soldiers to return home in coffins

The resolution is backed by most Shiite members of parliament, who hold a majority of seats.

5 January 2020 | 16:39

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 5 January 2020 | 16:39

Mourners carry the coffins of Iran's Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, Iraq, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said America’s military in the Middle East region, including U.S. bases, warships and soldiers are fair targets following the U.S. killing of Iran’s top general.

Hassan Nasrallah said evicting U.S. military forces from the region is now a priority.

The U.S. military, which recently killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani “will pay the price,” he added in a speech Sunday.

"When the coffins of American soldiers begin to return to the United States, Trump and his administration will realize that they have lost the region and that they will lose the elections," Nasrallah said.

Nasrallah also said the suicide attackers who forced the Americans to leave from our region in the past are still here and their numbers have increased.

Iraq’s parliament has begun an emergency session and will likely vote on a resolution requiring the government to ask foreign forces to leave Iraq.

The resolution specifically calls for ending an agreement in which Washington sent troops to Iraq more than four years ago to help in the fight against the Islamic State group.

The resolution is backed by most Shiite members of parliament, who hold a majority of seats.

The request was put forward Sunday by the largest bloc in the legislature, known as Fatah. That bloc includes leaders associated with the Iran-backed paramilitary Popular Mobilization Units, which were a major force in the fight against IS.

Many Sunni and Kurdish legislators did not show up for the session, apparently because they oppose abolishing the deal.

At the start of the session, 180 legislators of the 329-member parliament were present.

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