The Iraqi Parliament Votes to Expel American Forces

The Iraqi parliament voted, by majority, on Sunday,in favor a resolution calling on the government to end the foreign military presence on the country’s territory, and to submit a formal complaint to the Security Council against the United States for its violation of Iraqi sovereignty. The decision comes against the backdrop of the escalating anger in Iraq due to the American raids that took place in recent days, which led to the killing of the Quds Force commander, Qassem Soleimani.

The discussion of removing the 5,200 American forces from the country comes after the assassination of the head of the Iranian Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, deputy head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Organization, along with eight others.

Parties within Parliament are seeking to endorse the demand for the departure of US forces from the country, and may be followed by a demand for the departure of all foreign forces operating in the framework of the US-led international coalition.

Representatives considered that those who oppose the vote on the departure of American forces are “traitors.”

According to Iraqis  media Sunni representatives are not present, and the Kurdistan Alliance announced its boycott of the session.

Since the killing, rival Shiite political leaders have called for the expulsion of US forces from Iraq, in a gesture of unusual unity between the various factions for months.

During the funeral of Soleimani Gethmani and the engineer, Hadi al-Amiri – who is the head of the Al-Fateh bloc in parliament and the most prominent candidate to succeed the engineer – pledged to work to remove US forces from Iraq.

The vote to expel American forces needs to pass a majority in parliament to a law that requires the government to demand that these forces leave.