Iraq’s prime minister has now asked the U.S. Secretary of State to start working out a road map for an American troop withdrawal from Iraq, his office said today.
With this signaling their insistence on ending the U.S. military presence in the country.
Adel Abdul-Mahdi made the request in a telephone call with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo his office said in a statement.
Where he also told Pompeo that recent U.S. strikes in Iraq were an unacceptable breach of Iraqi sovereignty and a violation of the two countries’ security agreements.
The Iraqi leader asked Pompeo to “send delegates to Iraq to prepare a mechanism to carry out the parliament’s resolution regarding the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq,” according to the statement.
Iraqi lawmakers in the parliament passed a resolution to oust U.S. troops last Sunday, following the U.S. drone strike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and senior Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis at Baghdad’s airport.
The vote put the responsibility on the government to formally request a withdrawal. And Abdul-Mahdi, addressing lawmakers at the time, called for “urgent measures” to ensure the removal of the US troops.
Abdul-Mahdi stopped short of requesting an immediate withdrawal and appeared to give the U.S. time to draw up a strategy and timeline for departure.
Still, the comments suggested he was standing by the push for the American forces to go despite what seemed to be signals toward de-escalation between Tehran and Washington after Iran retaliated for Soleimani’s death with a barrage of missiles that hit two Iraqi bases where U.S. troops are based but caused no casualties.
The U.S. State Department acknowledged that Pompeo had called Abdul-Mahdi but made no mention about the U.S. troops.
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