Iraqi militia vowes to attack US interests if Syria hit

BAGHDAD - An Iraqi Shi'ite militia group said on Friday it would attack US interests in Iraq and the region if Washington carries out a military strike on Syria.
US President Barack Obama said on Friday the United States was still in the planning process for a response to the chemical weapons use in Syria.
"All their interests and facilities in Iraq and the region will be targeted by our militants if the United States insists on attacking Syria," a spokesman for the Iraqi militia group al-Nujaba'a told Reuters by telephone, without giving details.
Al-Nujaba'a is an umbrella group which includes Iraqi Shi'ite militants who have crossed into neighboring Syria to fight alongside troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. Assad is from the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam.
The group includes fighters of the Asaib al-Haq and Kata'ib Hezbollah militias and the Mehdi army militia of anti-US Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, which was mostly disbanded after its defeat by Iraqi and US forces in 2008.
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