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Nigeria news : US vs Iran, Iraq takes action against US

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Nigeria news : US vs Iran, Iraq takes action against US, Iraq is pushing for a vote on a resolution requiring the government to request the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country.

This followed a U.S. drone strike on a convoy at Baghdad airport, which killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

Iran has repeatedly vowed a “harsh retaliation”

“There is no need for the presence of American forces after defeating Daesh (Islamic State),’’ Reuters quoted Ammar al-Shibli, a member of the parliamentary legal committee as saying.

“We have our own armed forces which are capable of protecting the country,’’ he said.

Ironically, Iran-backed militia and U.S. troops fought side by side during Iraq’s 2014-2017 war against Islamic State militants.

The militia was incorporated into government forces under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilisation Forces which late Muhandis led.

Hadi al-Amiri, the top candidate to succeed Muhandis, restated his call for U.S. troops to leave Iraq on Saturday during a funeral procession for those killed in the airstrike.

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi also called for parliament to convene an extraordinary session to take legislative steps to protect Iraq’s sovereignty.

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