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Iraq moves to expel US troops following killing of Iranian general

MPs in Iraq's Parliament have passed a resolution calling for foreign troops to leave the country and be banned from using Iraqi land, airspace or water for any reason.

The US has around 5,000 military personnel in Iraq, many of which are advisers.

The move comes after thousands attended a funeral procession for the top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani who was killed by the US in an airstrike ordered by US President Donald Trump.

The non-binding resolution was passed by the Iraqi Parliament on Sunday after the caretaker Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, called for an end to the foreign military presence. The resolution also asks the government to file a formal complaint to the UN against the US. The country claims that the US attack and its actions constitute "serious violations and breaches of Iraqi sovereignty and security".

Iraq is an ally of both Iran and of the US, but this resolution makes it clear that the country is deeply unhappy with the attack by the US.

While non-binding, the bill was drafted by the Iraqi Prime Minister and therefore there is little doubt that he will sign the bill to make it final.

 

Photo: Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi | Credit: LaGrandeOurs [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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