BAGHDAD, Oct 11 (Reuters) – A number of Iranian-backed Iraqi militias have agreed to suspend missile attacks on US forces on the condition that the Iraqi government present a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops, one of the officials said. groups on Sunday.
“The factions have presented a conditional ceasefire,” said Mohammed Mohi, a spokesman for the Kataib Hezbollah group, which is supported by Iran.
“(The truce) includes all factions of the (anti-American) resistance, including those who have been attacking US forces,” he told Reuters.
Mohi said the Iraqi government must implement a parliamentary resolution passed in January calling for the withdrawal of foreign troops.
The parliament’s decision came after a US drone attack on Baghdad airport killed Iranian military mastermind Qassem Soleimani and Iraq’s top Shiite paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, raising fears of a confrontation to large scale between Iran and the United States on Iraqi soil.
Mohi said there was no deadline for the government to implement the decision, but warned: “If the United States insists on staying and does not respect the decision of parliament, then the factions will use all the weapons at their disposal.”
(Information from John Davison, edited by Ahmed Rasheed and Emelia Sithole-Matarise; translated by Tomás Cobos)