Iraqi Parliament to Hold Sunday Session Amid Calls to Expel US Troops

Iraqi military says attack violated US mandate in Iraq

US troops are operating within Iraq with a legal mandate from the Iraqi government. That’s something officials like to point out often. Yet on Thursday, the US attacked the Baghdad Airport and killing members of the Iraqi government’s paramilitary forces. The Iraqi military says that plainly falls outside of the mandate.

Since that mandate was centered almost entirely of fighting ISIS, many Iraqi MPs had suggested it was time for the US to leave anyhow. Following the attack, Iraq’s parliament will hold an emergency session Sunday.

Hadi al-Amiri, the head of the Badr Brigade and the second largest bloc’s leader in parliament, called on Iraq to unite and expel the US and other foreign troops. The only bigger bloc leader, Moqtada al-Sadr, has long wanted the US out of Iraq, and while he and Amiri are not always on the same page, they almost certainly are in this case.

Anger at the US over the killings is likely at a high point and parliamentary motions to get the US out of Iraq are likely to be supported. The US response remains anyone’s guess, but the US has long operated under the assumption they will remain in Iraq going forward.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.