Iraqi politicians and militia leaders are speaking out against the continued presence of US forces. Lawmakers demanded US troops leave the country after they denounced a visit by President Trump as a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty.
Politicians across Iraq’s divided parliament called for a vote to expel US troops and promised to schedule a session to debate the issue.
Recently, al-Sadr supporters won the largest share of votes in this years elections, calling for an end to US and Iranian involvement in Iraqi affairs. The head of the Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq militia that fought against ISIS in the north, promised that parliament would either vote to expel US troops or the militia and others would force them out.
Mr. Trump left without meeting any Iraqi officials. The prime minister’s office said that “differences in points of view” led to their meeting being cancelled.
The visit came days after president Trump ordered a pullout from Syria and a major reduction of troops in Afghanistan. He said he had “no plans at all” to pull out of Iraq.
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