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Iran-Backed Militia Sets Fire to Kurdish Celebration Workplaces in Baghdad

Advocates of the Iran-backed Hashd al-Shaabi, an Iraqi Shi’ite militia group, set fire Saturday to the workplaces of the Kurdish Democratic Party in Baghdad.The protesters in

the Iraqi capital were distressed by comments made by a senior KDP authorities. Ex-foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari said previously this month that the government ought to “tidy up” Baghdad’s Green Zone “from the existence of Hashd militias.” He stated their ouster was an “essential task” as they are operating “outside the law.”

The U.S. State Department provided a statement about the attack on the KDP workplaces by Hashd al-Shaabi, likewise known as the Popular Mobilization Forces.

“The capability to speak freely and seriously is an essential part of any democracy, and political parties need to be able to take part in robust argument without threat from militias and punks,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said.

“We highly urge all celebrations to behave responsibly throughout this crucial period in which Iraq is already dealing with a pandemic, a recession, and the continued risk of ISIS,” she said.

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