The deputy chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces described hegemonic powers’ stances against resistance movements, including Iraq’s al-Nujaba, as not surprising, saying any resistance movement in the region is a source of irritation for the US and Israel.
“Every (resistance) group and movement emerging in the region is a thorn in the eye of the Americans and Zionists,” Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri said in reaction to a new US Congress bill imposing sanctions on the Nujaba Movement, a major Shiite resistance group.
He stressed that imposing sanctions does not originate from one’s power but is a reaction to emergence of a “new power”.
The region’s resistance movements have learned to successfully deal with sanctions, pressures, military actions, political measures, infiltrations and espionage, the general said.
He also praised resistance movements for standing against Israel, saying without them, the Zionist regime would have wreaked havoc on the region to advance its agenda.
Earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi also condemned the US Congress bill against Nujaba, saying the Iraqi movement has disrupted the US policy to strengthen the Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terror group.
He described it as a measure aimed at eliminating “noble movements” from the arena of regional developments.
“Since the occupation of Iraq in 2003, some powerful movements, whose main objective was to fight against the occupiers and cleanse Iraq of the remnants of the Baathist regime, have entered the political and military arena of this country,” he said.
“The Nujaba Islamic Resistance, which is also known as the Iraqi Hezbollah, is among these active groups that are influential in shaping Iraq’s field developments and equations…,” the Iranian spokesman stated.
He further emphasized that the active presence of Nujaba fighters in the battle against Daesh in Iraq and Syria has disrupted the US policy to strengthen the terrorist group and create regional crises.
“It is evident that Washington cannot tolerate the existence of Islamic movements like Nujaba and thus resorts to all possible means, including sanctions and military-financial leverages, to eliminate them,” Qassemi went on to say.