Mideast update: Iraq votes to expel U.S. military as Trump threatens more Iran strikes
Iraq’s parliament approved a measure to force the U.S. military out of the country.Americans in the Mideast were warned of “heightened risk of missile and drone attacks.”Trump threatened to bomb 52 sites in Iran if it retaliates by attacking Americans. But Pompeo said the targets were Iran “decision-makers.”Iran vowed to step away from its unraveling nuclear deal with world powers.Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said evicting U.S. military forces from the region is now a priority.
Iraq’s Parliament called for the expulsion of U.S. troops from the country Sunday in reaction to the American drone attack that killed a top Iranian general.
A pullout of the estimated 5,200 U.S. troops could cripple the fight against ISIS and allow its resurgence. The majority of about 180 legislators present in Parliament voted in favor of the resolution.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of mourners accompanied a casket carrying the remains of the slain Gen. Qassem Soleimani through two major Iranian cities Sunday as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. strategy in countering Iran is to target the country’s “actual decision-makers.”
The U.S. drone strike killing Soleimani in Iraq Friday escalated the crisis between Tehran and Washington after months of trading attacks and threats that put the wider Middle East on edge.
The conflict is rooted in Trump pulling out of Iran’s atomic accord.
Iran has promised “harsh revenge” for the U.S. attack, which shocked Iranians across all political lines. Many saw Soleimani as a pillar of the Islamic Republic at a moment when it is beset by U.S. sanctions and recent anti-government protests.
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