Speaking in a meeting with Chancellor of Al-Mustafa International University Hojat-ol-Islam Ali Abbasi, Najaf Friday Prayers Leader Hojat-ol-Islam Seyyed Sadreddin Qabanchi said the Americans created Daesh and when that failed, they tried to create a domestic Fitna.
However, he said, when three million people took to the streets of Baghdad last month of call of the withdrawal of US forces, it was made clear that this US Fitna has also ended in failure.
Hojat-ol-Islam Qabanchi also hailed the Iraqi parliament’s resolution on the US pullout from the country and said it was a move that can be considred as a blessing of the blood of martyrs like General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
General Soleimani, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was the deputy head of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi (PMU), and a number of their entourage were killed in a strike by American drones near Baghdad International Airport in the early hours of January 3.
The White House and the Pentagon claimed responsibility for the assassination of General Soleimani in Iraq, saying the attack was carried out at the direction of US President Donald Trump.
On January 5, Iraqi lawmakers unanimously approved a bill demanding the withdrawal of US troops.
Later on January 9, then prime minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi called on the United States to dispatch a delegation to Baghdad tasked with formulating a mechanism for the move.
According to a statement released by the Iraqi premier’s office, Abdul-Mahdi “requested that delegates be sent to Iraq to set the mechanisms to implement the parliament's decision for the secure withdrawal of (foreign) forces from Iraq” in a phone call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.