The Iraqi parliament passed a resolution, urged by its caretaker prime minister, calling for the removal of foreign troops from the country, after the US’ assassination of a top Iranian general and a commander of an Iraqi freedom militia.
With ISIS supposedly defeated, Baghdad will not need foreign troops to fight terrorists and can close its airspace to coalition aircraft, to avoid further escalations on Iraqi soil.
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said that Baghdad had turned to the UN Security Council with complaints about US violations of its sovereignty.
Speaking at an emergency parliament session on Sunday, Iraq’s caretaker PM Adil Abdul Mahdi said the American side notified the Iraqi military about the planned airstrike minutes before it was carried out.
Mahdi stressed that his government denied Washington permission to continue with the hostile terrorist operation.
Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Force, were killed by a drone strike as their convoy was leaving Baghdad International Airport on Friday morning. Mahdi said Soleimani was on his way to meet him.
The interim prime minister said after the incident it was clear that it was in the interest of both the US regime and Iraq to end the presence of foreign forces on Iraqi soil.
The decision by the Iraqi Parliament is an “enormous development” not only for the country but for the whole region. However, it is not going to be easy for Iraq to get rid of the US and NATO military.
Influential Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stated in a letter that Iraq should go further and shut down the US embassy.
Washington claims the assassination of Soleimani was an act of self-defense justified by his planning of attacks on American citizens. Tehran called it international terrorism and vowed to avenge the popular military officer.
In the wake of the attack the USA advised all American civilians to leave Iraq. US-led coalition troops in Iraq have also suspended all training operations and hunkered down at fortified bases, bracing for retaliatory strikes.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2020.