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Iraqi Parliament Voted To Expel US Forces And Close Airspace For US-led Coalition

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Iraqi Parliament Voted To Expel US Forces And Close Airspace For US-led Coalition

Mourners carry the coffin of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani who was killed in a US drone strike in Iraq on January 3, 2020. © Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

The US act of terror conducted on January 3 in Iraq’s Baghdad united the country against Washington. The death of Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Qods Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and other prominent Iraqi and Iranian officers led to a large crisis in the region and caused a stiff reaction from most of the countries and powers that kept at least some sovereignty.

On January 5, the Iraqi Parliament passed a resolution demanding the government to put an end to the US military presence in the country. This includes the need to cancel a request for assistance from the US, to ensure state monopoly on weapons and to work on ending the presence of all foreign troops in Iraq. It also calls to close Iraqi airspace for the US-led coalition and investigate the January 3 attack.

However, the implementation of the resolution by the government is still in question. Therefore, it should not be expected that Iraq will be able to get rid off the foreign forces anytime soon.

Meanwhile, people gathered in Iran’s  holy city of Qom to mourn the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani by the United States. Earlier, a red flag was raised over the Holy Dome of Jamkaran Mosque symbolizing both blood spilled unjustly and serving as a call to avenge people who are killed. This move was done for the first time in the history of modern Iran. It demonstrates the Iranian determination to respond to the US agression.

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