Iraq Parliament votes to expel US troops, militia leaders call for revenge
Tensions mount in Iraq as lawmakers voted on a resolution requesting for United States troops to be expelled from Iraq after a drone demolished an Iranian general. Fox News reports the resolution is asking the Iraqi government to end an agreement where America was sending forces to help Iraq fight against the Islamic State. American troops have been going to help for over four years.
"The Iraqi government has an obligation to end the presence of all foreign forces on Iraqi soil and prevent it from using Iraqi lands, waters, and airspace or any other reason," Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halboosi said in an address to lawmakers before the vote.
There was close to 180 legislators voting on it and a majority of them supported American troops leaving. However, there was legislators who didn't even show up because they disagree and want American troops to remain.
The majority of about 180 legislators present in Parliament voted in favor of the resolution. It was backed by most Shiite members of parliament, who hold a majority of seats. Many Sunni and Kurdish legislators did not show up for the session, apparently because they oppose abolishing the deal.
And there's always a catch. The lawmaker resolution they voted on doesn't really mean anything. It's more of a symbolic vote and the only people who can make an actual decision in Iraq is the Prime Minister's office.
The troops don't actually have to leave because the Iraqi Parliament can't make them leave. Their vote is nothing.
But the Iraqi Parliament vote doesn't mean that the U.S. military has to leave the country immediately. It's a non-binding vote, which is seen as mostly symbolic.
The 5,000 U.S. troops are in Iraq at the invitation fo the country's executive branch, the Prime Minister's officer -- not Parliament. It is up to the Iraqi Prime Minister whether the troops will be expelled.
So based on that, the American troops can remain and do their job. However, their job might become a bit more risky as the militia leaders are calling for revenge after the drone strike took out their general.
As of now, the soldiers overseas are being utilized to protect the American embassy and ensure safety.
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