An animated video, which is an obvious threat for the United States to get out of Iraq, was shown on al Etejah Television. The short 45-second video portrays American troops as occupiers and the fist of Kata’ib Hezbollah, wrapped in the Iraqi and Hezbollah flags, smashing American vehicles and tanks with the slogan, “expel the occupation” superimposed.

The video was also aired by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)’s Iran Threat Monitor Project.

MEMRI is a self-described “non-partisan, independent research institute providing research, analysis, and translation of primary materials covering a wide range of issues including on [sic] terrorism and ideological trends in the Middle East.”

MEMRI posted a disclaimer that stated, “These videos are provided as a public service to an international viewing audience to bridge the language gap and better educate and inform. Material about the states of terrorists and extremists is provided to alert the public to threats and in no way constitutes an endorsement of such activities.” 

The animation begins with coffins draped with the U.S. flag being flown out by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. As the helicopter lifts off, the message — as translated by MEMRI — “expel the occupation” flashes across the screen. 

The American-made HUMVEEs and M-1 tanks are shown being tossed high into the air by massive fireball explosions as a giant fist draped in the Iraqi and Hezbollah flags raises above the conflagration of American military vehicles. Again the message repeats, “expel the occupation.”

Al-Etejah Television is one of the most-watched channels in Iraq. It broadcasts in Arabic but its website is also in English. It has 500 employees. Its offices are located in the district of Karrada in Baghdad and in Beirut. Not surprisingly, given the animation’s content, it is owned and operated by Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH), one of the largest Iranian-proxy militias in Iraq.