Iraqi parliament votes to expel U.S. troops

by Jordyn Pair · Jan 5th, 2020 11:15 am

Citing the killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the Iraqi parliament voted on Sunday to expel U.S. troops from the country.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said Iraq "cannot accept" a "political assassination" occurring in the country, adding that the killing was an overstep onto Iraqi sovereignty. The prime minister said that Soleimani was in Baghdad to meet with him and relay Iran's response to a request for dialogue.

The resolution passed by the parliament says that the entire international coalition fighting the Islamic State needs to leave Iraq, not just U.S. troops.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Fox News Sunday that "we're confident the Iraqi people want the United States to continue to be there."


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