Iraqi lawmakers demand US withdrawal after Trump visit

 

After visiting American troops in Iraq, Trump left the country without meeting any Iraqi officials. (AFP)

AP
December 27, 2018

Politicians from both sides of Iraq’s political divide are calling on parliament to vote to expel US troops

Approximately 5,000 US troops are stationed in Iraq as part of the coalition against the Daesh group

BAGHDAD: Iraqi lawmakers are seizing on President Donald Trump’s surprise visit to demand US forces leave the country.

Politicians from both sides of Iraq’s political divide are calling on parliament to vote to expel US troops. Approximately 5,000 US troops are stationed in Iraq as part of the coalition against the Daesh group.

Foreign influence has become a hot-button issue in a year that saw supporters of populist cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr win the largest share of votes in May elections. Al-Sadr has called for curbing US and Iranian involvement in Iraqi affairs.

Trump spent three hours at a US air base meeting with American troops on an unannounced visit Wednesday. He left without meeting any Iraqi officials.

Lawmakers decried the visit as arrogant and a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

source:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1426576/middle-east

 

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