Iraqi Parliament Calls For Expulsion Of U.S. Troops From The Country

Iraqi parliament decides to expel US troops

Iraqi parliament decides to expel US troops

Iraqi lawmakers approved a measure calling for the expulsion of U.S. troops from the country after a drone strike killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani near the Baghdad Airport.

“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 resolution read.

The bill is non-binding and requires approval by the Iraqi government.

Outgoing Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi voiced his support for the measure, telling members of Parliament that the country can either remove U.S. troops altogether or restrict them to training roles only.

“Despite the internal and external difficulties that we might face, it remains best for Iraq on principle and practically,” Mahdi told lawmakers.

There are currently around 5,000 troops stationed in Iraq. They are helping lead the fight against ISIS, and assist in training Iraqi forces.

The U.S. sent an additional 3,500 troops to the region in response to the rising tensions with Iran over the killing of Soleimani.

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