An Iran-backed Iraqi militia group is implicated in the killing of a US citizen shot in Baghdad on Monday.The victim has been identified as Stephen Troll, 45, from Tennessee.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani condemned the attack and issued a warning to those planning to carry out violence in the country: It was a heinous crime against the residents of a country known among its communities…this is a red line for us.Those who want to test our government in terms of security will fail.Al-Sudani said Inaugurated on October 28.
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Iran-backed armed militia Saraya Al-Al-Qaf claimed responsibility for the killings in a statement, calling “the commanders of the Quds Force, Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. retribution for the murder,” he reportedly said.
Soleimani, a former leader of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), was killed in a drone strike authorized by President Trump in Baghdad in July 2020. attack. As deputy commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, al-Muhandis was considered one of Iraq’s most important military commanders.
Bill Loggio, a senior fellow at the Defense of Democracies Foundation, said Iran should be held accountable for attacking Americans abroad. “The militia that carried out this attack was undoubtedly a clipping from one of the larger Iran-backed Shiite militias, such as Asib al-Haq and the Hezbollah Brigades,” he said. follows a pattern of past attacks in which an unknown group claims to attack US national interests, leaving everyone wondering who this group is. , is done to provide a plausible denial to the larger militia.”
Roggio warned that Troell’s killing would provoke supporters of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a US-sanctioned terrorist group. “The killing of American citizens to avenge these deaths proves to their supporters and those they seek to blackmail that they have a long memory and the means to carry out. The IRGC doesn’t stop there, they keep trying to target more Americans.”
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US Ambassador to Iraq Alina Romanovsky expresses condolences to bereaved families in a statement Twitter on Tuesday: “With great sadness, I thank the Iraqi people for their messages of support following the brutal killing of Stephen Troell in Baghdad last night. My heart goes out to his wife and young children.” “
Troell’s family released a statement on Monday. “Stephen Troell met his Savior face to face. Jocelyn, the girls and little Stephen are safe now and will be returning to the United States in the next few days. As you can imagine, for the Troell and Britt families, These are difficult days.Please.Give us time to grieve together as a family.Thank you to all who have reached out to us.May God be with us in the valley of the shadow of death. Your prayers, love, and kind words sustain us as we walk.
The family’s statement concludes: But in the morning joy will come” (Psalm 30:5).
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Troell, who works for Millennium Relief and Development Services, an affiliate of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), issued a statement Wednesday. Troel, Iraq, near his home in Baghdad… Mr. Troel worked at the Global His English Institute in Baghdad, a local English learning institution… He is remembered as a great source of encouragement and knew him will be missed by all. he was touched by his life. ”
Fox News’ Ali Kamal contributed to this article from Baghdad.
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