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Pressure on US to leave Iraq increases

World [email protected] 20-Feb-2020
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The US strike killing Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, can become the strike on the Middle East policy of the US itself. As a result of the strike Iran can achieve something it couldn’t even dream about: removing the US military from its neighbourhood.

Immediately after the strike, the Iraqi parliament voted in favour of a resolution asking the government to expel US troops from the country. And the pressure on the Americans is growing.

Today, spokesman of Kataib Hezbollah group claimed that the American forces are surrounded by the resistance groups in Iraq.

“Many people are not aware that now the Americans are fully surrounded in Iraq because they cannot traffic in Baghdad streets and they cannot go from one base to another but by helicopters,” the spokesman said in an interview with the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel.

He added that the Americans have called for mediation of different figures and groups to prolong their presence in Iraq, but the demand has been rejected.

“The US merely understands the language of force,” al-Hosseini said.

Last month Iraq’s parliament voted to remove US military from the country. The resolution, which was passed anonymously, instructed the government to cancel a request for military assistance to the US-led coalition, which was issued in response to the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as ISIL, ISIS or Daesh) terror group.

“The government commits to revoke its request for assistance from the international coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant due to the end of military operations in Iraq and the achievement of victory,” the resolution read, adding, “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.”

The resolution stated that Iraqi military leadership has to report the number of foreign instructors that are necessary for Iraqi national security.

Earlier, Abdul Mahdi had requested that parliament order the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country.

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