A soldier belonging to the Peace Brigades raising the flag of the militia during a joint military operation with the Iraqi army forces. Archival photo.
(IraqiNews.com) BAGHDAD – Al-Salam Brigades, the revitalized form of Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army, announced on Wednesday its insistence on targeting American troops that Washington plans to send to Iraq and said that its members ‘are thirsty for the blood of Americans’.
The spokesman for Salam Brigades, Alaa Abboud in a press statement, said, “The Iraqi army and Al-Hashed al-Shaabi forces are capable of freeing Mosul. The resistance factions have experience in urban warfare, while al-Hashed forces don’t have any experience on the ground. ”
Abboud added that, “Al- Salam Brigades are ready to cleanse ISIS from Mosul with the support of ten thousand fighters if US forces do not intervene, and if they do then we will target them. We are thirsty for Americans’ blood.”
US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced on July 11, 2016, that the US would send about 560 extra troops to Iraq for helping the Iraqi forces in their battle to liberate Mosul from the ISIS grip.