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Part of The Ain al-Assad base in Anbar. Archival
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The Iraqi government announced Tuesday that it will "not back down" from its decision to remove foreign troops from the country, following the crisis that escalated between Baghdad and Washington over the killing of The Commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Qassem Soleimani.
William Warda, spokesman for the office of outgoing Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, said the government "will not back down from the parliament's decision to remove foreign troops from Iraqi territory," stressing that "there is no agreement with the United States on this matter."
"His country will not sign an agreement to keep U.S. forces in Iraq to continue the fight against ISIS," Warda said in a press release.
The Iraqi government will support the parliament's vote on the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country," he said, referring to the assassination of Irgc Commander Qassem Soleimani and Popular Mobilization Militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
The United States killed Soleimani and al-Muhandis in a drone strike near Baghdad International Airport on January 3rd, sparking angry Iraqi political reactions.
"At this moment, the Iraqi government is committed to implementing the iraqi parliament's decision," the spokesman said.
The iraqi parliament's decision, which followed the killing of Soleimani and al-Muhandis, stipulates that foreign troops must withdraw from Iraq, including U.S. troops.
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