Washington turns down Iraqi call to remove troops

first_imgThe State Department said any USdelegation would not discuss the withdrawal of US troops as their presence inIraq was “appropriate.” United States President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington on Jan. 8. REUTERS/KEVIN LAMARQUE The US meanwhile, imposed moresanctions on Iran, responding to an attack on US troops in Iraq launched byTehran in retaliation for the death of General Qassem Soleimani. BAGHDAD – Washington on Friday spurnedan Iraqi request to prepare to pull out its troops, amid heightened UnitedStates (US)-Iranian tensions after the US killing of an Iranian commander inBaghdad. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdimade his request for preparations for a US troop withdrawal in a phone callwith US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday in line with a vote inIraq’s parliament last week, his office said.(Reuters)last_img

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