Iraq’s parliament votes to expel U.S. troops after Trump’s assassination of Qassem Soleimani Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 28, 2021

Iraq’s parliament voted on Sunday to expel the U.S. military from the country after the assassination of top Iranian military commander Major-General Qassem Soleimani in Bagdad.

The resolution passed Sunday demanded an end to foreign military presence in Iraq.

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It aims at forcing the U.S. to withdraw 5,000 troops and also called for ending an agreement that allowed the U.S. to send troops to Iraq to help fight the Islamic State.

President Trump ordered an air strike that killed Soleimani, a well respected Iranian general who was despised in the United States but loved at home for going head to head with ISIS terror group in the region.

The assassination of Soleimani last week came on the heels of a number of other incidents between the U.S. and Iranian-backed militants.

It ratcheted up already heightened tensions in the region as Tehran threatened retaliation and Iraq protested the strike within its borders.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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