On a television interview aired by al-Sumeria on Saturday, the Saudi ambassador to Iraq claimed that sectarianism and tribalism was the reason for Baghdad arming volunteer forces. He then went on to claim that the volunteer forces were not popular among Iraqi people.
Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesperson to the Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, hit back by stating that Saudi Arabia supports terrorism and any Saudi presence should be expelled from any diplomatic relations with Iraq.
Assadi called on “the Iraqi government and the foreign ministry to punish him for his rudeness against the Iraqi people and the Popular Mobilization Units.”
“His comments againstvolunteer forces, the government, and the majority of the Iraqi people only make Iraq more determined in uprooting terror groups such as Daesh and fighting their supporters and financial backers inside and outside the country,” he added.
He then went on to highlight that the volunteer forces have liberated atleast 170 villages from the control of ISIS with hundreds of its members dying for this cause.