Iraqi Parliament Votes to Expel U.S. Troops After Killing of Iranian General
Iraq’s parliament voted to expel U.S. troops from the country in response to the assassination of a powerful Iranian military commander by an American drone in Baghdad.
A Lebanese proxy nurtured by the slain general, Qassem Soleimani, vowed to attack American soldiers and bases as Gulf Arab states tried to head off the kind of retribution that would plunge the combustible region into a broad military confrontation.
Iraq’s parliament, which denounced the drone strike early Friday as a violation of the nation’s sovereignty, asked the government to revoke its 2014 request for foreign military intervention to beat back Islamic State, which had conquered large chunks of the country.
“Confidence has been shaken between Iraq and the U.S.,” outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said in a speech to an emergency session of parliament convened on Sunday to discuss a response to Soleimani’s killing. All 172 legislators present voted for the solution, but nearly 160 mainly Sunni and Kurdish parliamentarians didn’t show up for the vote.
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