'U.S. guarantees to Sunnis and Kurds are illusory'

Iraqi lawmaker calls for ending partnership

BAGHDAD – Ali Turki, a representative from the Sadiqoun bloc (Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq), criticized the concept of “partnership” in Iraq, attributing it to the loss of centralized decision-making on crucial matters. In an interview with Adnan al-Tai of UTV, monitored by 964media, Turki expressed skepticism towards the U.S. presence in Iraq, particularly its implications for the Kurdish and Sunni components of Iraqi society.

Turki questioned the necessity of American forces in the Kurdish region, suggesting their presence creates more issues than it resolves. He also commented on the stability within Sunni areas since 2003, attributing disturbances not to Shia intervention but to Sunni militias, including ISIS. He praised Shia efforts to combat these militias, emphasizing the necessity of acknowledging these contributions.

The lawmaker argued that the Iraqi discourse heavily focused on “partnership” rather than democracy, hindering the country’s progress. He advocated for a strong government capable of centralized management, especially regarding sovereign decisions.

Refuting claims that certain factions are “outlaws,” Turki insisted these groups, motivated by dignity and zeal, resist foreign occupation. He highlighted the distinction between resistance factions and the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the latter being under the command of the Iraqi military. Turki criticized the portrayal of resistance groups fighting occupation as extremists.

Turki condemned the 2020 targeting of Iraqi leaders as a violation ignored by some components of Iraqi society. He argued that defending Iraqi sovereignty is a universal right, criticizing descriptions of resistance factions as rebellious.

He distinguished between the PMF and resistance factions, noting every young Iraqi is potential resistance against occupation. Turki criticized the U.S. for offering false assurances to Sunnis and Kurds, suggesting these promises of security are illusory.