Iraqi Lawmakers Pass Resolution Calling on U.S. Military Forces to Leave Country
Iraqi MPs call for removal following Soleimani strike
Iraqi MPs passed a resolution that called for all foreign troops to leave the country following the drone strike against top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani last week.
In Iraq, the US has 5,000 military personnel, consisting mainly of advisers, based there.
The UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and a host of other countries also contribute the military to help train local Iraqi forces.
The resolution read:
“The government commits to revoke its request for assistance from the international coalition fighting Islamic State due to the end of military operations in Iraq and the achievement of victory."
“The Iraqi government must work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them from using its land, airspace, or water for any reason.”
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi previoulsy called in parliament to end foreign troop presence.
Abdul Mahdi said he recommended parliament take urgent measures to remove foreign troops.
Reuters reported that the move he said was in the interest of both Iraq and the United States.
“Despite the internal and external difficulties that we might face, it remains best for Iraq on principle and practically,” Abdul Mahdi told parliament.
An Islamic terrorist group has launched an attack against a military base in Africa used by US forces, seemingly in retaliation for the killing of #Iran's General Qasem #Soleimani, according to early reports.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) January 5, 2020
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Abdul Mahdi added that the killing of Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was a 'political assassination.'
The resolution calls for ending an agreement in which Washington sent troops to Iraq more than four years ago to help in the fight against the Islamic State group.
Trump ordered the U.S. military airstrike that killed the leader of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the Pentagon said in a statement earlier this week.
According to the statement:
“At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization."
The Pentagon added that Soleimani was “actively developing plans” to attack American service members and diplomats in Iraq.