Former Iraqi Prime Minister Threatens Israel over Airstrikes

  • If Israel proves to be responsible for recent airstrikes in Iraq, it will face a "serious response," Maliki said, according to the Associated Press.
  • Al-Maliki made the announcement hours after US officials, without revealing their names, acknowledged Israel's responsibility for bombing "Iranian weapons depot in Iraq" last month.
  • Al-Hashd Al-Sha'abi militias, built and armed by the Islamic Republic, blamed the United States for a series of explosions over recent weeks at their munitions bases and warehouses across Iraqi territory.

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki threatened Israel Friday, after US officials confirmed it was responsible for the bombing of the Hezbollah militia last month.

If Israel proves to be responsible for recent airstrikes in Iraq, it will face a “serious response,” Maliki said, according to the Associated Press. The former Iraqi prime minister has warned that if Israel continues to target Iraq, it will “become a battleground that kills.”

Israel carried out “several strikes” against munitions storehouses for Iranian-backed groups in Iraq, according to unnamed U.S. officials. Israel has not claimed responsibility.

Al-Maliki was widely backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran as Prime Minister, and is now the head of a Shiite faction in parliament. He made the announcement hours after US officials, without revealing their names, acknowledged Israel’s responsibility for bombing an “Iranian weapons depot in Iraq” last month.

Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi militias, built and funded by the Islamic Republic and provided with Iranian weapons, have recently blamed the United States for a series of explosions over recent weeks at their munitions bases and warehouses across Iraqi territory. The US has deployed Israeli drones into Iraq, and deployed them against the group’s military bases permission, said Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander-in-chief of the Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi forces.

While a Pentagon spokesman denied any US involvement in the attacks on Iraqi military bases, the New York Times newspaper confirmed Friday that Israeli hands are at work.

Two senior US security officials, in an interview with The New York Times, specifically pointed to the attack on the US base, saying that the Iranian weapons cache was targeted by Israel.

Suspicious explosions have taken place at a number of al-Qaeda’s headquarters in the past month. No individuals or organizations have claimed responsibility for the attacks.

A series of explosions have rocked arms and munitions depots around Baghdad in recent weeks. No cause has been found and no individuals or groups have claimed responsibility.

Only Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a speech in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, said that Israel is involved in recent attacks on Hashid al-Shaabi weapons bases and warehouses.

Netanyahu said Israel “will continue to take military action whenever and wherever it is needed.” Asked by reporters about the recent attacks on al-Sha’abi militia centers in Iraq attributed to Israel, “Iran has no immunity at all.”

Netanyahu warned, “whether we need it or not in Iraq, we will work on various fronts against any country that wants to destroy us,” warning that Iran wants to destroy Israel.

The recent attacks on the positions of the Hashed al-Shaba’i group in Iraq indicate a marked increase in tensions in Israel’s multi-year campaign against Iranian military positions in the region, the Associated Press wrote.

Apart from al-Maliki, Iraq’s Hezbollah battalions also wrote in a statement on August 5 that “if action is taken,” action will be taken back.

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