The Iraqi parliament has voted in favor of expelling US troops

The Iraqi parliament has voted in favor of expelling US troops

Following the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani on January 3 under the command of President Trump, the Iraqi parliament has voted in favor of expelling US troops, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The death of Iran's war general put Iraq into a precarious position between its two greatest allies.

In the video below, the pentagon announces the death of Soleimani: 

Now, lawmakers have voted to end a 2014 bill which allowed Washington to station 5,200 troops in Iraq, enabling the US to fight the Islamic State from within the country.

"The government commits to revoke its request for assistance from the international coalition fighting Islamic State due to the end of military operations in Iraq and the achievement of victory," the resolution read.

"The Iraqi government must work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them from using its land, airspace or water for any reason."

Following the airstrike which killed Soleimani, President Trump tweeted an image of the American flag.

While the resolution is nonbinding, as per the New York Times, it is almost certainly going to come into effect with caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi supporting the decision to remove American troops.

"The parliament has voted to commit the Iraqi government to cancel its request to the international coalition for help to fight IS," parliament speaker Mohammed Halbusi announced, CNBC reports.

A greater response to the killing of General Qasem Soleimani by a US airstrike has also been called for by populist Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr.

A protest sign. Credit: PA Images

Sadr, who is the leader of the largest bloc in parliament, wrote in a letter to the assembly that a supporter read aloud: "I consider this a weak response, insufficient against American violation of Iraqi sovereignty and regional escalation."

The US envoy to Iraq, Matthew Tueller, has also been summoned as a result of the airstrikes, which many have feared could result in World War Three, as per the BBC.

A protest against the death of General Qasem Soleimani. Credit: PA Images

In a statement, the Iraqi foreign ministry said: "[The airstrikes] were a blatant violation of Iraqi sovereignty" and "contradict the agreed-upon missions of the international coalition."

In addition to this, an official complaint was lodged with the UN Secretary-General and Security Council.

As reported by The Independent, the foreign ministry said in a statement that it is about "American attacks and aggression on Iraqi military positions and the assassination of Iraqi and allied high-level military commanders on Iraqi soil."

Donald Trump at a rally in January 2020. Credit: PA Images

At the assembly, Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi tried to convince parliament to end the presence of foreign troops in the country, The Times reported.

"Despite the internal and external difficulties that we might face, it remains best for Iraq on principle and practically," he told MPs.

He revealed that he was meeting with Soleimani on Tuesday in a bid to reduce Saudi tension in Iraq. As well as this, Mahdi, who resigned as Prime Minister at the start of December, called for a replacement to be voted in as soon as possible.