14 French terrorists delivered to the Iraqi state (Reuters)

Against the backdrop of a controversy over the transfer of Western daechist terrorists from Syria to Iraq, the Secretary General of Asaïb Ahl al-Haq, one of the main components of the Hachd al-Chaabi, denounces the American mega-scam: “Washington is taking Iraq’s gold and sending us its terrorist agents in return”.

“Washington takes Iraq’s gold and sends Western daechists to Iraq,” said Sheikh Qais al-Khazali, secretary general of the Asaïb Ahl al-Haq (League of the Virtuous) group.

“American troops are moving Daech’s elements from Syria to Iraq. They are trying to create a second Daech and above all to get rid of their agents without having to send them to their countries of origin. This is very significant: while Europe is in a hurry to replace the void left by the US in Syria, the Americans who threatened to send Western terrorists home are dumping them in Iraq,” he said.

Among their takfirist auxiliaries (Daech), whom the Americans continue to evacuate from Syria to Iraq for later use, are many Westerners. The FDS, supported by the United States, announced last Thursday in Baghdad that it had handed over more than 20 Western daechists, including 14 French. The information provided by Reuters is being published as Iraqi President Barham Saleh makes his first visit to France on Monday.

“One year after the victory over Daech in Iraq, this meeting will be an opportunity for President Macron to affirm France’s full support for Iraq in addressing the country’s security, stabilisation, inclusive governance and reconstruction challenges,” the French Presidency, quoted by AFP, said. For many experts, Paris, which has been heavily involved in the war against the Syrian State since 2011, no longer wants “French terrorists” on its territory and it is counting on Baghdad to try and sentence them to death. That said, military sources in Iraq suggest that Baghdad had informed Washington that it would not accept the transfer of non-Iraqi prisoners of the Daech terrorist organization. France would therefore make an exception to the rule.

This visit comes at a time when France has announced that it wants to maintain its presence in Syria despite the US withdrawal from that country. As the Syrian army and its allies prepare to regain control of Idlib and then Deir ez-Zor, the French military presence could turn into a subject of friction between Baghdad and Paris, especially as the Hachd al-Chaabi are largely present in eastern Syria on the borders with Iraq, from where French artillery units conduct their operations on the order of the Americans based at al-Tanf. In a statement issued on the occasion of President Saleh’s visit to Paris, “Paris says it intends to continue to cooperate with Baghdad to complete the Daech debacle”. This intention amounts to wanting to maintain a French military presence in Syria, which is perfectly illegal.

“The question of wanting to remain in Syria while maintaining good relations with Baghdad is a very delicate one. Because how can we maintain an illegal military presence in Syria when a large part of the Iraqi armed forces are against such a presence? Moreover, there are reports of France’s desire to establish a permanent military base in Iraq, which would also justify the several million dollars in military aid recently allocated to Baghdad. There are unexplained military ambitions here that could complicate the situation for Paris,” say some experts.

According to other analysts, a permanent military presence in Iraq would be of less interest to Paris than being able to get help from Baghdad to divert the mega American move to send Western terrorists back to Europe. Indeed, Donald Trump had called on European states to recover their captured daechist nationals. This claim, which provoked the reaction of European leaders: “France’s Iraqi strategy as well as its Syrian strategy is a dead end. Rather Paris would seek to correct it, the more limited its impacts will be,” these same experts add.


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