Supporters of the Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi, an Iraqi Shi’ite militia group, set fire Saturday to the offices of the Kurdish Democratic Party in Baghdad.The protesters in
the Iraqi capital were disturbed by remarks made by a senior KDP authorities. Ex-foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari said earlier this month that the government need to “clean up” Baghdad’s Green Zone “from the existence of Hashd militias.” He said their ouster was an “essential task” as they are operating “outside the law.”
The U.S. State Department released a statement about the attack on the KDP workplaces by Hashd al-Shaabi, likewise known as the Popular Mobilization Forces.
“The capability to speak easily and critically is an essential element of any democracy, and political parties must be able to engage in robust debate without threat from militias and thugs,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus stated.
“We highly advise all celebrations to behave properly throughout this important period in which Iraq is already dealing with a pandemic, a recession, and the continued risk of ISIS,” she stated.