After Iran, Iraq it seems is keen to give a headache for US President Donald Trump. In a major move Iraqi parliament has according to various media reports have voted in favour of a resolution that calls for ending foreign military presence in the country. The resolution’s main aim is to get the US to withdraw some 5,000 troops present in different parts of Iraq.
The vote comes two days after a US airstrike killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani inside Iraq, dramatically increasing regional tensions. Soleimani was one of the most popular figures in Iran and was seen as a deadly adversary by the US and its allies. Top Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an adviser to Soleimani, was also killed in the attack.
The Iraqi resolution specifically calls for ending an agreement in which Washington sent troops to Iraq more than four years ago to help in the fight against the Islamic State group.
The resolution was backed by most Shiite members of parliament, who hold a majority of seats. Many Sunni and Kurdish legislators did not show up for the session, apparently because they oppose abolishing the deal.