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The vote, after the killing of Maj. General Qassim Suleimani in a U.S. drone strike, is not final until Iraq’s prime minister signs the draft bill. But he had indicated that he would do so.
BAGHDAD – Lawmakers in Iraq heeded the demands of angry citizens and voted on Sunday to expel United States troops from the country, as hundreds of thousands of mourners poured into the streets of Iran to pay their respects to the slain leader of the elite Quds Force, Maj. General Qassim Suleimani.
The vote is not final until Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi signs the draft bill. Earlier on Sunday, however, Mr. Mahdi indicated that he would do so, having urged lawmakers to oust the United States-led coalition after President Trump ordered a fatal drone strike against General Suleimani in Baghdad.
Members of Iraq’s Parliament were divided on the demands to expel American troops. While factions that grew out of Shiite militia organizations have pushed hard for the expulsion, Sunni Muslim factions and the Kurds want the United States to stay.
The vote was 170-0 in Parliament, but many of its 328 members, primarily Kurds and Sunnis, did not attend the session and did not vote.



American troops are in Iraq “at the invitation” of the Iraqi government, according to the legal agreement between Baghdad and Washington. Presumably, if Baghdad withdrew that invitation, the United States would have to withdraw.
The body of General Suleimani, the most powerful figure in Iran after the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was brought back early Sunday from Iraq, where he was killed on Friday near the Baghdad airport. Among the others killed in the attack was Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, which includes at least half a dozen pro-Iranian militias.
he general’s killing unleashed calls for vengeance in both Iraq and Iran, and reinforced a general solidarity among hard-liners and moderates in Iran against the United States. In Iraq, the attack was seen as a violation of the nation’s sovereignty. On Sunday, Iraq’s Foreign Ministry said it had summoned the American ambassador in Baghdad.
In Iran, it was viewed as tantamount to an act of war. Hossein Dehghan, a military adviser to Mr. Khamenei, told CNN that Iran’s response would include an attack on “U.S. military targets.”
As the Middle East braced for Iranian retaliation, which analysts said was all but inevitable and American officials said they expected within weeks, Tehran and Washington ratcheted up the rhetoric.
Adiós.....by the way we will be taking back all the tanks/planes and other **** we gave ya. :dita:


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/05/world/middleeast/iran-general-soleimani-iraq.html
 

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Let us pull out of Iraq and then sit down to watch those ********* kill each other.
 

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Time to bring our boys and girls home where we can put them to better use on our Southern border.
 
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I wouldn’t put it past Trump to have thought of this as his exit strategy.
He ran on bringing the troops home and getting us out of these endless wars.
If smoking Sulimani chilled out Iran, great.
If it pissed off the Iraqis and they forced us to leave, that would be our way out.
going forward, we need to understand that these people do not understand or want western culture or freedoms.
We need to protect our interests around the world but with our new technology and our powerful navy, especially now with the Ford Class Supercarriers we don’t need to have boots on the ground all the time.
They should only be reserved for all out war and occupying countries
 

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I wouldn’t put it past Trump to have thought of this as his exit strategy.
He ran on bringing the troops home and getting us out of these endless wars.
If smoking Sulimani chilled out Iran, great.
If it pissed off the Iraqis and they forced us to leave, that would be our way out.
going forward, we need to understand that these people do not understand or want western culture or freedoms.
We need to protect our interests around the world but with our new technology and our powerful navy, especially now with the Ford Class Supercarriers we don’t need to have boots on the ground all the time.
They should only be reserved for all out war and occupying countries
True, but I have an issue the concept of us "occupying countries" - leave that thankless task to that lovely group at the UN.
 

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There's a oxymoron - "lawmakers in iraq". Not only will we be taking back our stuff and stop money going to you, we'll blow up any if not all bases we have there. Bye-bye have fun enjoy going back to what you were and the fruits of islam. Enjoy killing yourselves!


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The article says American troops, I wonder what happens to US companies with interests in Iraq, Chevron, Exon mobil, Bechtel, etc.? Probably best they start selling stuff and leave too.
 

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The comment reference the killing this military dictator resulting in attacks on MILITARY targets, brought a smile to this old cynic. Attacking military targets, thus leaving unarmed civilians alone would be a new experience for these yellow bastards. Aside from the Pentagon, the 3,000 plus murders committed on September 11, 2001 were unarmed civilians. Cowards favorite target.
 

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The Iraqi vote means nothing except for symbolism and breast beating.

The Iranians, with their 'nuclear' threat, are attempting to blackmail the US into lifting the crippling sanctions imposed on them.

Its all noise, bluff and bravado. Nothing changes. But it makes for good headlines.
 

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As I have frequently stated, the largest threat is the Iranian nuke program. The Israeli's will nuke that son of a ***** the instant it appears to be viable. They won't even wait until it is assembled into a launch-able weapon. They cannot afford to risk what the maniacs in Tehran will do with a nuke, they have already been warned by the Iranians themselves.
 

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Sounds like a plan to me.
Then dems will complain we left our allies hanging like in Syria. Get used to the fact that no matter what he does it's bad and wrong. If he gave everyone a million bucks many would complain that it wasn't 2 million.
 

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As I have frequently stated, the largest threat is the Iranian nuke program. The Israeli's will nuke that son of a ***** the instant it appears to be viable. They won't even wait until it is assembled into a launch-able weapon. They cannot afford to risk what the maniacs in Tehran will do with a nuke, they have already been warned by the Iranians themselves.
 

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Iran just announced that they are now scrapping the nuke deal and will no longer abide by it.
Who are they kidding! They never did abide by it. They are just biding their time.
Iran with the bomb is more dangerous than NOKO with the bomb.
Kim may be crazy, but he is not a religious zealot.
Iran's zealots want to set the world on fire in the name of Allah.
 
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