Iraqi Alliance highlights need to withdraw all US forces – World News
Hadi al-Ameri said Saturday that the withdrawal of all American combat troops from Iraq was “an objective that cannot be negotiated,” the Shafaq news agency reported.
He rejected the stay of American soldiers in Iraq under the guise of training or advisory missions as unacceptable and said: “Our sovereignty is a red line.”
“My message is clear to the US armed forces and the Iraqi government,” he said. âYou should implement what has been agreed. We do not accept manipulation, cheating or changes to missions, âhe added.
“If the US armed forces decide to stay in Iraq, they will have to face the consequences of this wrong decision … We will not tolerate any foreign soldiers, either on the Ain al-Assad base or in al-Harir, neither for training nor for” [giving] Advice.”
Ameri said that if the Iraqi government needs military instructors and advisers, it needs to work out a contract that will clarify their “whereabouts, numbers and roles”.
The US occupation forces must leave Iraq according to a resolution passed by the parliament of the Arab country on January 5, 2020.
It came two days after the murder of the Iranian counter-terrorism commander General Qassem Soleimani and his Iraqi trench comrade Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of the Iraqi People’s Mobilization Units (PMU) or Hashd al-Sha’abi, two influential figures in the fight against the Daesh terrorist group.
However, Washington has delayed the withdrawal of troops and from time to time targeted resistance groups.
As early as July, Washington and Baghdad agreed on the withdrawal of the American military, according to which the US would leave its troops on Iraqi soil in order to provide advisory support to the Iraqi military.
On Monday, the spokesman for the Iraqi task force said the American combat troops had completely withdrawn from the Ain al-Assad air base in al-Anbar province, with only the so-called advisory forces remaining there.
Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji also said that in the coming days an Iraqi security delegation will also enter al-Harir base in Erbil province to escort US forces as they leave the base.
He said the withdrawal of US combat forces from Iraq would be officially announced on December 31st.
However, Kate ‘al-Rikabi, a former member of the Iraqi Parliament’s Security and Defense Committee, said that US occupation forces were still present in Ain al-Assad.
On Saturday, hundreds of Iraqis protested against government resistance to the erection of monuments to commemorate General Soleimnai and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
The demonstration took place on the way to Baghdad airport. The participants shouted slogans against the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.
A similar protest took place in the Iraqi capital on Friday night.