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Armed group in Iraq calls for U.S. forces withdraw by finish of 2021, threatens violence

Armed group in Iraq calls for U.S. forces withdraw by finish of 2021, threatens violence

Simona Foltyn:

That December 2019 strike was a part of a collection of tit-for-tat assaults that culminated within the U.S. assassination of the highly effective Iranian Common Qasem Soleimani, in addition to his shut Iraqi affiliate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. He based Kataib Hezbollah and was second in command of the PMF.

The killings have been labeled illegal by a U.N. inquiry and sparked requires revenge and a political backlash.

Chanting “Baghdad is free, out with America,” Iraq’s Parliament voted in January 2020 to oust all international troops. That led to bilateral talks to renegotiate the American navy presence in Iraq. Earlier this yr, the 2 sides agreed to withdraw all American fight forces.

Matthew Tueller, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, says that transition has been accomplished.

Matthew Tueller, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq: What that actually means is that we’ve got now transferred to the Iraqi forces the principle function in conducting fight operations in opposition to ISIS and its remnants.

What the U.S. and the coalition forces will do is present an enabling mission, they are going to present recommendation, they are going to present intelligence, however they are going to be sitting alongside Iraqis within the operation facilities.

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