Iraqi parliament meets to discuss withdrawal of US troops

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Iraq's parliament held an extraordinary session on Sunday with Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in attendance

Jan 5, 2020

January 5, 2020

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Iraq's parliament started its extraordinary session on Sunday with Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in attendance, where they are expected to vote on ousting thousands of US troops from military bases.

The bases are threatened by pro-Tehran factions after an American strike killed commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force Gen Qassem Suleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis.

Late on Saturday, missiles hit the Baghdad enclave where the US embassy is located and an airbase north of the capital housing American troops, prompting US President Donald to threaten strikes on 52 sites in Iran.

The near-simultaneous attacks seemed to be the first phase of promised retaliation for the US precision drone strike that killed Suleimani and Al Muhandis.

Iraqi politicians said they would use the special session to push for a vote on a resolution requiring the government to tell Washington to withdraw US troops from the country.

The Iraqi foreign ministry also said on Sunday that it has summoned US ambassador Matthew Tueller to condemn US strikes on Iraq that killed a top Iranian general, an Iraqi commander and other local fighters.

"They were a blatant violation of Iraqi sovereignty," the ministry said in a statement, and "contradict the agreed-upon missions of the international coalition."

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Updated: January 5, 2020 05:54 PM

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