PM: Iraq decision to end US military presence ‘irreversible’

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani has said that his country has decided to end the military presence of the US and the American-led international coalition on Iraqi soil, stressing that the decision is irreversible.

Al Sudani was speaking in Baghdad on Friday at a ceremony to commemorate the fourth martyrdom anniversary of Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani and deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The two were assassinated in a US drone strike near Iraq’s capital Baghdad in January 2020.

The Iraqi prime minister said that his country’s main stance is to end the military presence of the US and the international coalition it leads, emphasizing that Baghdad’s stance remains unchanged.

He said that the Iraqi government is working to set a date to begin talks on the issue, noting that the 2020 attack, which killed General Soleimani and al-Muhandis, dealt a blow to all rules regarding ties between Baghdad and Washington.

Al Sudani also said that the PMU is an inseparable part of the Iraqi army.

Back in 2020 and following the assassination of General Soleimani and al-Muhandis, the Iraqi parliament approved a law calling for the withdrawal of American forces from the country amid growing anti-American sentiments in the Arab country.

The US formed an international coalition in September 2014 to fight Daesh terrorists in Iraq and Syria. The move however has been facing growing criticism over its little success to uproot the terrorist group.

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