Shiite MPs draft legislation seeking to expel US troops from Iraq

05-01-2020 2 Comments
Zhelwan Z. Wali
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Shiite lawmakers in the Iraqi parliament have secured the signatures of 170 MPs on preliminary drafts of a bill to force United States troops out of Iraq.

The scheduled emergency session was delayed until enough legislators arrived to meet the quorum of 165 MPs necessary to initiate a legislative session, but there are now 168 MPs in attendance, along with Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.

Shiite blocs have prepared a draft bill detailing mechanisms to expel American troops from Iraq in response to the killing of Iran's Gen. Qasem Soleimani and Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) deputy commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a drone strike in Baghdad early Friday. According to a copy seen by Rudaw, 170 lawmakers have signed the document. This is more than half the 329 seats in the parliament. 

The bill seeks to end the Iraqi Government's agreement with the International Coalition to fight the Islamic State (ISIS), ostensibly on the grounds that ISIS has been defeated in Iraq and the presence of foreign troops is no longer necessary.

The draft legislation further looks to commit the government to making public any agreement it signs with foreign military trainers in the future, as well as publicizing the number of technical forces that would be invited into the country. 

The document also states that the government should "terminate the activities of any foreign force on its land and prevent the airspace of the country from being used for any purpose.”

Thirdly, "the Iraqi government should have its representative at the United Nations and Security Council lodge a lawsuit against the United States of America for the dangerous violation of the sovereignty and security of Iraq."

"The above-mentioned points must be implemented from the day of its issuance," the document reads.

Quorum has been reached despite the fact that Kurdish lawmakers are boycotting the meeting. 

"As Kurdish blocs, we will not attend the session," Viyan Sabri, head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) bloc in Baghdad, told Rudaw. "As far as we are aware, some of the Sunnis MPs will not attend either," she added. 

Shiite lawmakers have turned up in large numbers, vowing to expel the American through the parliament and chanting anti-American slogans. 

"Daesh has finished and the Iraqi government's counter-Daesh agreements with the coalition partners must end," Hassan Aziz, a Hikma Front MP, told Rudaw. "We can expel foreigners on the land of Iraq through law because they came in, in the first place, through law," he added. 

This is a developing story.

 

Correction: an earlier version of this article stated that Iraqi Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi was in Amman, Jordan. This is not true. Speaker al-Halbousi is present at the legislative session.

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  • 08-01-2020
    Lando
    Most stupid people on the planet is Iranian crying for a man who dead 1400 years ago. How you going to take a revenge? by firing missiles to empty space in Erbil?
  • 05-01-2020
    victor
    The question to many Iranian extremists who think with their emotions is whether they think they can gain more today for iran and its people (sometimes its harder to hold on to the gains and achievements made over the last decade etc.) if they continue act out based on their emotional views and thinking . where as intelligent Iranians already know the answer , as witnessed recently ,as related to the nuclear deal and the very few word changes that were needed ,that a trump was calling for ,that would have allowed iran to keep all of their economic gains and achievements ,instead of losing them all ,because of a few well placed Iranian extremists with in their military and government .To ask these same Iranian extremists ,if the feelings they have today in them feeling the need to have to get revenge (id ,ego ,the social herd dynamic ,extremist pear pressure psychological pressures etc.) is harder to make today , then it felt long ago ,if they would have made a few word changes with in the nuclear deal agreement ?(the feelings of these few one time word changes vs. the feelings of needing to get revenge over and over again etc.) (they would not have lost so much in economic gains etc.) do they have more to lose today then they have already lost over their failure to have made these few word changes that were needed in the nuke agreement long ago ? the revenge feelings then ? and the feelings today about all they have lost ? as compared to the revenge feelings of today ? and the feelings about all they can still lose ? talking to trump in real time ,and making give and take deals and small word changes in the nuke agreement is not for emotional extremists , but is for intelligent Iranians who realize that this can achieve real progress ,where as acting out with emotions and thoughts of revenge got iran know where in the past , and will get it know where in the future as well .