Feb 4, 2019, 12:23 AM
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Iraqi vice-speaker: US troops to be expelled from country

Baghdad, Feb 4, IRNA -- First Vice-Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives Hassan Karim al-Kaabi on Sunday condemned US President Donald Trump's remarks that US troops should continue to be in Iraq, saying “We will expel them from our country.”

His office released a press statement saying that Trump’s remarks were a flagrant violation of Iraqi sovereignty and national will.

He added that Iraq refuses to be the launching pad for any attack on another country.

Al-Kaabi implied that Trump’s latest statement was part of a pattern of behavior, citing Trump’s surprise visit to al-Assad Airbase shortly after Christmas.

During that trip, Trump did not meet with any Iraqi officials, citing an inability to agree on logistics for a meeting.

He concluded that the Council of Representatives will work during the next legislative term to enact legislation that includes the termination of the security agreement with the United States, which would have the effect of expelling all foreign military personnel from the country.

In early January, al-Kaabi's Sairoon List criticized the presence of US troops in Iraq after reports surfaced that US Marine Brig. Gen. Austin Renforth toured Mutanabi Street in central Baghdad. General Renforth is the Director of Joint Operations-Iraq for international coalition fighting Islamic State.

There are believed to be several thousand US personnel in Iraq, most of whom work as trainers for Iraqi forces.

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