Parliament to discuss removal of U.S. forces from Iraq in new session:MP

U.S. soldiers deployed in Iraq

Baghdad ( The Iraqi parliament will discuss the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq during its next legislative session, a member was quoted saying on Friday.

Badr al-Ziyadi, a member of the parliament’s security and defense committee, told Almaalomah website that “the earliest meetings during the next session will give priority for a bill on getting out U.S. troops out of Iraq, as well as terminating the 2008 security agreement between Baghdad and Washington.

The Iraqi parliament ended its last legislative session in August 4th. The next session is due to start next Saturday.

The U.S. maintains nearly 5000 troops in Iraq as part of an international coalition that fought Islamic State extremists since their emergence in 2014 and until their defeat in an Iraqi, coalition-backed, security campaign late 2017.

The 2008 agreement had set the stage for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq in 2011. It regulates military, economic, cultural and social relations between both countries, after eight years that followed the U.S. invasion to topple late leader Saddam Hussein.

Iraqi government officials reiterate the U..S. military presence is at the request of the Iraqi side, but many politicians press for their withdrawal.

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