Iraqi Shiites on warpath after Soleimani’s assassination

Iraqi Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr today ordered the “Mahdi Army” fighters to be ready, thereby reactivating the militia that has been formally dismantled for nearly a decade, which had sowed terror in the ranks of US troops. Moqtada Sadr made the announcement on Twitter hours after the assassination in Baghdad by the US of Iranian General Kassem Soleimani.

“I urge all Mujahideen, especially the Mahdi Army, the Day of Reckoning Brigade, and all patriotic and disciplined organizations to be ready to protect Iraq,” the statement said. Sadr, who claims to be a nationalist and deplores both American and Iranian involvement in Iraq, however, called on all sides to behave “wisely and insightfully”.

Moreover, al-Khazali, a commander of the pro-Iranian coalition in Iraq, called on “all fighters” to be “ready.” “Let all the resistance fighters be ready because what awaits us is a great victory,” writes Khazali in a handwritten letter seen by the French Agency AFP. Khazali is the head of Ashaib Ahl al-Haq, one of the most prominent factions of the Hadith al-Shaba’i (People’s Mobilization Forces), which unites pro-Iranian militias in Iraq.