Iraqi Parliament wants US Troops to Leave Country after Attacking Iranian General. In Baghdad, the Iraqi parliament adopted a resolution asking the government to put an end to the US military presence in Iraq.
This is a reaction to the attack in which the US killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on Friday morning.
The vote was no surprise because previously Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi had said in parliament that it was in the interests of both the United States and Iraq that the US forces should be withdrawn from the country.
According to him, that does not have to disturb the relations between the two countries either. There were also no US troops in Iraq between 2011 and 2014, and then relations were good, Prime Minister Mahdi said.
Tonight, most Shiite groups have voted in favour of the resolution asking the government to put an end to the treaty that allows US troops into Iraq. There is a great resentment among the Shiites about the attack on Iranian General Soleimani.
Most Sunni and Kurdish members of parliament remained absent, but that did not prevent the vote. The Shiites have a vast majority in parliament because it reflects the situation among the population.
Incidentally, there is not only angry about the attack that is considered an affront to Iraqi sovereignty. Many Iraqis are also worried that their country – after all, a Washington and Tehran toy – will be dragged into a war between the US and Iran.