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Iraqi Prime Minister Announces Plans To End U.S.-Coalition Military Presence

Prime Minister of Iraq, Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani. NATO Photo

Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani announced plans yesterday to arrange for the permanent withdrawal of U.S. and U.S.-led forces from Iraq, following the U.S. strike in Baghdad on Jan. 4 that killed Iraqi militia leader Abu Taqwa. He emphasized that the government is committed to “ensuring national sovereignty over Iraq’s land and skies.”

Al-Sudani said, “Iraq has a strategic partnership agreement and diplomatic relations with the United States, and in this way, the main principles of international relations and the United Nations Charter have been violated,” reported Shafaq News. He underscored that the Popular Mobilization Forces is an official militant group affiliated with the state and an integral part of the Iraqi armed forces.

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