Trump threatens to impose strict sanctions on order to leave Iraq
- January 06, 2020
- Andrew S Gillis
US President Donald Trump has threatened that if Iraq forces order US troops to leave the country, it may face tougher sanctions.
The statement comes after President Trump approved a resolution to withdraw all foreign troops from the country following the assassination of Iranian general Qasim Suleimani in a US drone strike in Baghdad by members of the Iraqi parliament.
In addition to General Suleimani, the Iranian pro-Iraqi militia commander, Hezbollah commander Aboumadi Mahindas was killed in the attack.
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Speaking to reporters on Sunday, the US president said, “If there is an offensive move and they do something that we think is inappropriate, then we will impose sanctions on Iraq, big sanctions.”
The situation in the region has been extremely tense since the assassination of General Suleimani and Abu Mahdi Muhandis in the US invasion.
Iran has announced “severe revenge” for its general’s death, saying it is launching a full-fledged uranium enrichment process, contrary to the terms of the 2015 World Nuclear Deal.
General Qasim Suleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Quds Force, was considered a mastermind of Iran’s actions and operations in the Middle East, while the US considered him a “terrorist”.
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Ismail Kaani, Gen Qasim’s successor in the Quds Force, has also vowed to oust the United States from the Middle East.
According to Iranian state radio, he said, “We will continue to travel with the same force on the path of Qasim Suleimani, and his death will be possible only if the US is expelled from the region.”
What threat does the US president give Iraq?
Speaking to reporters in his plane, the US president said that if Iraq had inadvertently told US troops to leave, “we would impose sanctions on them they had never seen before.” The sanctions imposed on Iran will be nothing against these sanctions. ”
He also said, ‘We have a very expensive airport which has cost billions of dollars to build. We will not leave until they pay the price. ‘
At present, 5,000 US troops are in Iraq under the umbrella of a global coalition formed against the militant group Islamic State.
The coalition halted operations against the Islamic State in Iraq on Sunday after the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution calling for the withdrawal of US troops.
The resolution calls for the Iraqi government to take immediate steps to prevent foreign troops from using Iraqi territory, airspace and maritime boundaries for military operations.
The resolution passed in parliament calls for the government to take immediate steps to prevent foreign troops from using Iraqi territory, airspace, and maritime boundaries for military operations.
Iraqi caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi has said that the move will be in Iraq’s best interests, despite the fact that the country may face internal and external difficulties.
After the US military invasion, various Shi’ite political leaders began forgetting all their political differences and demanding that the US military withdraw from the country.
What has been said in the resolution?
The Iraqi parliament’s resolution calls for the government to withdraw its request in which Iraq sought international coalition forces to help fight against the so-called wealthy Islamia, as it has now defeated the Islamic State.
It further urged the Iraqi government to take every possible step to eliminate the presence of foreign forces in the country and prevent foreign troops from using Iraqi soil, air and sea in any case.
In addition, the Iraqi government has been asked to make a regular complaint to the United States on the sovereignty and security of Iraq by the United States.
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Amr-al-Shabili, a member of the Legislative Committee in the Iraqi parliament, told Reuters that the US military presence in the country was not justified after the so-called extremist Islamic State’s collapse in Iraq.
On Sunday, President Trump also spoke to reporters, threatening to attack Iran. Speaking to reporters on his return trip to Washington, he said, “Iranians have to kill our people
Meanwhile, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi announced in a letter to Democratic members that they would vote on the issue of military action against Iran. The purpose of this vote is to avoid a military confrontation.
Two Democratic members of the House of Representatives, Ilhan Omar and Barbara Lee, have also proposed banning US forces in the House from fighting Iran. In his speech, Alan Omar termed the death of Qasim Suleimani as a ‘war without the consent of Congress’ and said that this process was part of the US Constitution.