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Iraqi Prime Minister Asks U.S. to Put together Plan For Troop Withdrawal

Iraqi Prime Minister Asks U.S. to Prepare Plan For Troop Withdrawal


(BAGHDAD) — Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has instructed the U.S. secretary of state to ship a delegation to Iraq tasked with formulating the mechanism for the withdrawal of U.S troops from Iraq, in response to a press release launched Friday.

The assertion, from the workplace of the Iraqi caretaker prime minister, mentioned the request got here in a phone name between Abdul-Mahdi and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday night time. It says Pompeo known as the Iraqi premier.

Abdul-Mahdi’s feedback to Pompeo suggests he was standing by his earlier statements that U.S troops ought to depart Iraq regardless of current indicators towards de-escalation between Tehran and Washington following the tit-for-tat assaults that introduced Iraq to the brink of a proxy conflict.

Tensions eased on Wednesday when President Donald Trump signaled that Washington was stepping away from escalation.

The Iraqi prime minister mentioned his nation rejects all violations in opposition to its sovereignty, together with the barrage of ballistic missiles that Iranian forces fired in opposition to U.S. troops in Iraq and likewise America’s violation of Iraq’s airspace within the airstrike that killed a prime Iranian basic final week.

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The Iraqi chief requested Pompeo to “ship delegates to Iraq to organize a mechanism to hold out the parliament’s decision relating to the withdrawal of international troops from Iraq,” the assertion mentioned.

“The prime minister mentioned American forces had entered Iraq and drones are flying in its airspace with out permission from Iraqi authorities and this was a violation of the bilateral agreements,” the assertion added.

Prime American army officers together with Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees, and U.S. Protection Secretary Mark Esper have mentioned there have been no plans for the U.S. to withdraw from Iraq.

Iraqi lawmakers handed a non-binding decision to oust U.S. troops following a strike that killed prime Iranian basic Qasem Soleimani and senior Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis final Friday.

The most recent escalation was set off when a rocket assault blamed on the Iranian-backed militia group Kataeb Hezbollah, or Hezbollah Brigades, brought about the dying of an American contractor at a base in Kirkuk province. The U.S. replied with a barrage of strikes on the militia’s bases, killing not less than 25 individuals.

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Kullab reported from Beirut.