An Iraqi parliament bloc reaffirmed on Monday its commitment to expel foreign forces from Iraq. The influential al-Faith Coalition is demanding the Iraqi government implement a parliamentary vote that took place in January 2020 to expel US forces from the country.
Ahmed al-Asadi, a spokesman for al-Faith, explained to the National Iraqi News Agency why the coalition insisted on the expulsion on Monday. “The decision of ending the presence of foreign forces from Iraq was already passed in the Iraqi parliament and approved by the government of resigned Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.”
Adil Abdul-Mahdi was replaced as prime minister in May 2020 by Mustafa al-Kadhimi. Al-Asadi said that al-Kahdhimi included the implementation of the parliament vote to expel foreign forces as part of his political program when he took the position.
Iraq’s parliament voted to kick US troops out of their country after the US assassinated Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes. There are currently 2,500 US troops in Iraq since the US completed a small drawdown of its forces on January 15th.