Thanks to Trump, Iraq's Parliament Calls for Expulsion of U.S. Troops

BAGHDADIraq’s Parliament called for the expulsion of U.S. troops from the country Sunday in reaction to the American drone attack that killed a top Iranian general.

Lawmakers approved a resolution asking the Iraqi government to end the agreement under which Washington sent forces to Iraq more than four years ago to help in the fight against the Islamic State group.

A pullout of the estimated 5,200 U.S. troops could cripple the fight against ISIS and allow its resurgence.

The majority of about 180 legislators present in Parliament voted in favor of the resolution. It was backed by most Shiite members of parliament, who hold a majority of seats. Many Sunni and Kurdish legislators did not show up for the session, apparently because they oppose abolishing the deal.

The vote came two days after a U.S. airstrike killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad airport, dramatically increasing regional tensions and raising fears of war. Iran has vowed revenge.

Meanwhile. amid Iran’s threats of vengeance, the U.S.-led military coalition in Iraq announced Sunday it is putting the fight against Islamic State militants on hold to focus on protecting its troops and bases. The coalition said it is suspending the training of Iraqi forces and other operations in support of the fight against ISIS.


  • Well, it'll actually be good for the US to get out of Iraq; and let the Iraqi's secure their own country. On the other hand, the other sectors of the Iraqi political system will most likely wait out the current acting prime minister and his government; for a more definitive position of the Iraqi people about the matter. One way or another is fine.
  • Not "fine" at all.

    It is NOT good for the U.S. that Iraq is now allied with Iran, no longer with the U.S.

    Thousands of American soldiers shed blood to prevent this exact outcome.

    Thanks a lot, Trump.
  • How long do you want US troops to remain in Iraq anyway? Shiites will be Shiites.
  • And Sunnis will be Sunnis, like Al Queda and ISIS. What the hell does the sect have to do with anything?
  • 60% of the Iraqi populace is Shiite. It would be naive to think that country will be more allied with the Christian West than with their fellow Shiite neighbor, Iran.
  • And 15 of the 19 Al Queda fighters that brought down the twin towers and attacked the Pentagon were Wahabi Sunnis from our ally Saudi Arabia, led by the tyrant Prince MBS.
  • edited January 5
    Yup, Al Queda and ISIS are Sunnis. It's much the same "alliance" as with Micronesia and China. Our fish resources are poached by the Chinese, but we are allies due to national interest. $$$$$
  • The U.S. never should have been in Iraq to begin I said earlier. It was Republican president Bush's terrible decision to invade Iraq.

    But after spending billions of dollars and the lives of thousands of Americans who tried to free the Iraqi people from authoritarian dictators, Republican president Trump now throws it all away and lets Iran take over.

    Way to Make Iraq Great Again, Trump.
  • True. We should have never invaded Iraq. I blame Bush, the Neo-Cons and Democrats like Clinton who supported it. If America can't pull your head out of your ass, then how do you expect them to change Iraq, a region that's been warring for thousands of years?
  • Trump sure is mentally ill

    He is now threatening Iraq

    Trump threatens Iraq with ‘very big sanctions’ unless it pays back BILLIONS for an airbase if US troops are forced to withdraw

    What happened to the so called Democratic belief in Freedom of Choice?

    About Respect for another country’s Sovereignty


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