Days after drone attack, Iraq’s Parliament calls for expulsion of US troops from the country

Following the killing of Iranian top military officer, Qaseem Soleimani by a US air strike ordered by President Donald Trump, the Iraq’s parliament has called for the removal of US troops from the country.

The Iraq parliament disclosed that the killing goes against the resolution agreed between the US and Iraq that allows for the presence of troops in the region.

The parliament stated that American troops on Iraqi soil are purely for training Iraqi forces in the fight  against ISIS.

The parliament resolved that the Iraqi government to end the agreement under the US sent forces to Iraq more than four years ago to help in the fight against the Islamic State terror group.

“The Iraqi government has an obligation to end the presence of all foreign forces on Iraqi soil and prevent it from using Iraqi lands, waters, and airspace or any other reason,” Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halboosi said in an address to lawmakers before the vote.

About 180 of the lawmakers voted in favour of the resolution. Those who voted in favour were mostly Shiite lawmakers , but Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers avoided the session because they weren’t in favour of US troops removal.

U.S. troops in Iraq totally 5,000 are in Iraq at the invitation of the country’s  Prime Minister — not Parliament so it is up to the Iraqi Prime Minister whether the troops will be expelled not the vote, which is non-binding.

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