Ayatollah Kazem Husseini Haeri, a prominent Twelver Shi’a Marja in Iraq, has called for resisting the presence of US forces in Iraq in wake of Israel’s indirect acknowledgment that it had carried out airstrikes against Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) arms depots in the country.
Shiite authority, Ayatollah Kazem al-Haeri said: “I declare that the deployment of any American military force is prohibited.”
“You have no choice but to resist and confront the enemy,” he said in a statement.
Ayatollah Haeri, a powerful Iraqi cleric, blamed both Israel and the U.S. for the attack and proscribed American troops’ presence in Iraq.
“I declare it is forbidden for any American military force or its ilk to remain in Iraq under any pretext: whether for military training and advising, or for counter-terrorism,” Ayatollah Haeri said in a statement issued from the Iranian city of Qom.