Iraqi MPs pass resolution to expel US troops

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By Reuters

Iraqi MPs pass resolution calling for foreign troops to leave the country in wake of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani’s assassination.

Iraq’s parliament passed on Sunday a resolution telling the government to end the presence of foreign troops in Iraq and ensure they not use its land, air, and waters for any reason.

“The government commits to revoke its request for assistance from the international coalition fighting Islamic State due to the end of military operations in Iraq and the achievement of victory,” the resolution read.

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“The Iraqi government must work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them from using its land, airspace or water for any reason.”

Parliament resolutions, unlike laws, are non-binding to the government, but Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi had earlier called on parliament to end foreign troop presence.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi urged parliament earlier on Sunday to take urgent measures and end the foreign troop presence as soon as possible.

“Despite the internal and external difficulties that we might face, it remains best for Iraq on principle and practically,” Abdul Mahdi told parliament in a speech.

The death of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani in a U.S. airstrike has enraged Shiite militias in Iraq.

The Baghdad government has accused Washington of violating its sovereignty.

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