[size=36]Spokesperson for the Commander in Chief: The decision to remove foreign forces will include Kurdistan, and this is the mechanism for expelling them[/size]
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, spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Major General Abdul Karim Khalaf, confirmed the decision to expel foreign forces will include the Kurdistan region, considering that the decision is sovereign.
Khalaf said, "The mechanism that the government will use to remove foreign forces. Khalaf indicated that" the presence of the American forces came on the basis of a memorandum submitted to the United Nations and the International Security Council calling for the formation of an alliance to support Iraqi forces in the face of the terrorist gangs of ISIS, which was threatening the region. All of them were approved, "he added, adding that after the victory over ISIS gangs, Iraq submitted requests to leave these forces, according to a memorandum submitted by former Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari to end the coalition's work and stressed that Iraq would not entail any financial and political commitment.
And that "Iraq is a partner with the international coalition and that any movement on the level of air sorties through Iraqi airspace does not take place until after the approval of the government, but we were surprised recently by the air strike carried out by the American planes in Qaim, which resulted in the martyrdom and wounding of 90 members of the popular crowd under the pretext Their forces are being targeted by an armed faction. "
Khalaf continued, "The second breach was what happened at Baghdad airport, especially that this air strike was only 200 meters away from the runway and in the heart of the capital, Baghdad. Also, the work was unilaterally to strike the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Authority Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and the commander of the Quds Force Qassem Soleimani. Until "both incidents precipitated calls to remove the American forces after we asked about their use of our airspace to carry out their attack."
He explained that "the Iraqi authorities issued an order on the third of this month to completely prevent the flight of the international coalition and the radar signal was withdrawn from them, but they exceeded all this and the bombing occurred, and this prompted the Prime Minister and his meeting with the National Security Council, which indicated that the current government is a caretaker government and cannot To take such a decision unless there is a national consensus, "stressing that" after what happened on the American side, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the ambassador and submitted a protest and a note was sent to the United Nations and that the response of the Iraqi government reached the American side through rejection, denunciation and ending the partnership. "
And he added that "the number of foreign forces in Iraq was less than 6 thousand for the alliance as a whole and the Americans were within the limits of 5 thousand, and their presence in Iraq was within camps and not bases, as their movement is within Iraqi bases and they are present in camps within these bases under the command of the Iraqi leadership." Noting that "the partnership with NATO includes long-term training in partnership contracts, training and equipment, and the NATO mission is in Iraq from the year 2005, and we have informed them of the framework within which they are moving and their presence will be far from building military bases within a new mechanism of the Iraqi government prepared for them."
Khalaf added, "The timing of the American side did not specify a time for the exit of its forces," stressing that "the decision to remove foreign forces is a sovereign decision and includes all Iraqi lands, including the Kurdistan region because it is part of Iraq, and the region has no problems in this regard." End 29 / A 43