Iraqi resistance groups express solidarity with Iran’s IRGC amid US blacklisting

Iraqi resistance groups, which have been a major partner in the national army’s sweeping counter-terrorism operations, have thrown their weight behind Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in the face of the US blacklisting of the elite military force.

Visiting the residence of the Iranian consul general in the holy city of Najaf on Saturday, representatives of the Iraqi resistance groups delivered a statement in which they rejected Washington’s latest move to target the IRGC and expressed their solidarity with the Iranian force.

They recalled the IRGC’s contribution to Iraqi forces’ years-long anti-terror drive and commended its role in preventing several Iraqi states from falling into the hands of the Takfiri terrorist group Daesh.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Badr Organization — part of the Popular Mobilization Units or Hashd al-Sha’abi, which had a prominent role in flushing Daesh out of the areas they had occupied — denounced Washington’s move against the IRGC as “laughable” given that it was “coming from the number one sponsor of terrorism, America.”

Similarly, a spokesman for the Fatah (Conquest) alliance denounced the US designation, saying, “We reject this action from America and say we have honor to be in the Islamic resistance that fought and beat terrorism.”

On April 8, the White House labeled Iran “a State Sponsor of Terrorism” and the IRGC a “foreign terrorist organization,” claiming that the elite force “actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft.”

Iran swiftly retaliated, with the Supreme National Security Council designating the US government a supporter of terrorism and its West Asia force, known as the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), a terrorist organization.

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