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Senior MP Warns of US Plots to Weaken Iraq’s Military Power

TEHRAN A senior Iraqi legislator warned that the US embassy in Baghdad is taking suspicious steps which weaken Iraq's army and other military bodies.

Riyadh al-Massoud, a member of al-Sa'eroun faction at the Iraqi parliament, told the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website that the US embassy prevents equipment of the Iraqi police and army with advanced weapons to weaken it and impose its hegemony on the Arab country.

"Washington still continue opposition to Iraq's equipment with S-300 missile defense shield," he added.

Al-Massoud cautioned that the US mission in Baghdad also wants to take control of Iraq's economy by exerting economic pressures on the government.

In relevant remarks on Saturday, a senior Iraqi lawmaker warned of the US embassy's suspicious activities in the country, adding that the mission hosted Mossad agents and ISIL terrorists.

"The US embassy in Baghdad has turned into a center for Israel's Mossad and ISIL terrorists," Hassan Salem was quoted as saying by the Arabic-language al-Soumeriyeh news website.

He added that the US mission had forgotten its diplomatic responsibility and protection of the American nationals in Iraq and was interfering in the country's internal affairs by spying, spreading rumors and hatching plots.

"The US embassy's violation of laws and forgetting its responsibilities based on the international laws mean that the center could not be called an embassy and therefore, its closure is legally necessary," Salem said.

In relevant remarks in March, a prominent Iraqi security expert had also revealed that the American embassy in Iraq is acting as the US-Israeli operations room against the region.

Abbas al-Ardawi was quoted by al-Ma'alomeh as saying that the US administration was exerting pressures on Baghdad and killing time to prolong its deployment in Iraq.

He added that relocation of terrorists from the town of Baqouz in Eastern Syria to the US bases in Iraq is aimed at security tensions in the country and finding a pretext for continued deployment of American forces, noting that the Iraqi parliamentarians certainly want expulsion of all US forces from the country as soon as possible given the fact that the Iraqi army is fully prepared to fight against the terrorist groups.

Al-Ardawi said that the US embassy in Baghdad was carrying out suspicious measures, adding that it has turned into a large operations room for implementation of plots and operations in Iraq and the region under the supervision of Israeli agents.

Another senior Iraqi expert had in January warned of Washington's attempts to increase its influence in Iraq, saying that Israeli spies and ISIL terrorists were present at the US bases in Iraq.

Hafez Al-e Basharah told al-Ma'aloumeh news website that the US was attempting to boost its presence in Iraq and the American forces have been stationed in the Southern parts of Baghdad, specially al-Suwaireh and al-Aziziyeh regions.

He added that the Iraqi government's assessments that the foreign military advisors are stationed in the country are outdated, noting that the information obtained by the resistance forces indicate that combat forces are deployed in the US bases and their numbers is on rise each day.

Basharah said that the US forces do not allow any Iraqis to enter the occupied bases in the country to conceal the realities from the public opinion, adding that the Israeli intelligence forces are active in these bases and the ISIL terrorists are sheltered and trained in them.

Source: Fars News Agency