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Iraq parliament votes to expel US troops after attack that killed Iran’s top brass

By | Rachel Brooks

Contributor | Telegraph Local 

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The Iraqi parliament votes to expel US military personnel from Iraq. This following the assassination of Qassem Soleimani and the Hezbollah deputy al-Muhandis among others near the  Baghdad International Airport.

ABC News reported on Sunday that the US is suspending relief missions in Iraq. This update came at approximately 5:50 pm local time. The assassination has heightened regional tensions at an incredible rate. The US presence in the region will now focus primarily on protecting US personnel in the region. They are also suspending training for Iraq forces. 

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ABC also reports that Iraq’s parliament is now voting in favor of a new bill that will expel all 5,000 US troops from Iraq. The coalition’s cited decision at 5:50 pm was directly inspired by the airstrike assassination.

The Wall Street Journal collaborates the fact that the Iraqi parliament is voting to expel the 5,000 troops from Iraq.  The parliament has voted on a non-binding resolution urges Prime Minister Adel-Abdul Mahdi to rescind the invitation for US forces that Iraq called upon for help are the Islamic State overran around “one-third of the country in 2014”. 

In the meantime, the US expects all bases housing US personnel and troops to be under attack or the threat of attack. 

CNBC also confirms that Iraq is voting to expel US forces from their country. CNBC’s account states that Prime Minister Adel-Abdul Mahdi is himself pushing the parliament to end foreign troop presence as soon as possible. CNBC also reports that the parliament is holding an extraordinary session where lawmakers say they will push for a vote on a resolution to end the foreign troop presence. In response to this, the US military issued statements that they are suspending most operations against the Islamic State in this immediate region. 

Al Jazeera posted live the voting decision to oust US troops from Iraq. See the video below. 

 

Citing CNBC, the US coalition has issued statements that it is ending most operations against the Daesh. The coalition has instead shifted its focus to protecting the Iraqi bases that host Coalition troops. They will continue to do this as the Iraqi parliamentary vote is non-binding on the government’s part. Mahdi continues to urge parliament to take urgent measures to end the US presence on Iraqi soil. 

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Jerusalem Post reported within the hour that the Iraqi parliament has passed the issue against the US militarized presence and against other foreign troops in the region. Jerusalem Post also reports a heightened fear of wider Middle East conflict spread. US troops continue their presence in Iraq in a primarily advisory role. 

Deutsche Welle reports within the last hour that the Iraqi parliament is now waiting for government approval of the resolution. This report confirms that the decision will oust all foreign presence from Iraq. This will end an agreement with Washington to rid the country of approximately 5,200 US troops in Iraq. Deutsche Welle has likewise confirmed that the German presence in Iraq will be expelled under the resolution. 

This is a developing story. Keep checking back at Telegraph Local for more updates. 

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