Iraq asks United States to set up mechanism for troop withdrawal

Iraq asks United States to set up mechanism for troop withdrawal

The measure is a special type of resolution that doesn't get the president's signature, and the two parties disagree over whether it would have the force of law.

Pence also says Trump will ask allies to scrap the Iran nuclear deal negotiated during the Obama administration.

Soleimani's killing on a slip road leaving Baghdad airport last week, as well as US airstrikes on an Iran-backed militia five days earlier, has sharpened the position of Iraq's powerful Shiite Muslim political blocs and armed groups, and they are now leading calls for coalition troops to withdraw. Mahdi said that Trump had thanked him personally for Baghdad's peacemaking effort, giving Soleimani the impression that he would be safe in Iraq, all the while planning the Iranian commander's killing.

Friction between Iran and the United States has risen since Trump withdrew in 2018 from a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and reimposed sanctions on Tehran, slashing its vital oil exports. The agreement was meant to limit Iran's uranium enrichment program in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions. Some Republicans also criticized the briefing.

The statement, from the office of the Iraqi caretaker prime minister, said the request came in a telephone call between Abdul-Mahdi and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday night.

Civil rights groups and lawmakers have been demanding information following reports that dozens of Iranian-Americans were detained for up to 11 hours at the border crossing in Blaine, Wash.

President Donald Trump responded angrily to the parliament vote, threatening to sanction Iraq and demanding reimbursement for investments made in the country over the past two decades if the government insists on US forces leaving.

The Iraqi prime minister said his country rejects all violations against its sovereignty, including the barrage of ballistic missiles that Iranian forces fired targeting against U.S. troops in Iraq and also America's violation of Iraq's airspace in the airstrike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani last week. Reuters has reported that some 1,500 people were killed in the resulting crackdown ordered by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the bloodiest since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

President Trump said the strike caused no American or Iraqi deaths and that new sanctions on Iran will be imposed.

Iran said the attack was retaliation for the US strike that killed Soleimani, the architect of its regional security strategy, earlier this week. Iran pledged revenge for his death and, hours after the funeral, it launched a missile attack on USA -led forces in Iraq.

In their comments to NYT, officials confirmed that there was "no single definitive piece of intelligence" regarding Soleimani's alleged plans to target America and American interests in Iraq. Other senior figures have said Iran will match the scale of Soleimani's killing when it responds, but that it will choose the time and place.

Iran's opponents say its proxies have fuelled conflicts, killing and displacing people in Iraq, Syria and beyond.

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