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Iraq Security Committee Wants PM to Have Clear Position on Foreign Forces

Iraq Security Committee Wants PM to Have Clear Position on Foreign Forces

Monday, 13 July, 2020 - 07:15
An Iraqi soldier stands guard near a US military air carrier at the Qayyarah Airfield West, Mosul (File photo: AFP)
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Iraq’s security and defense parliamentary committee will be discussing the presence of foreign forces in the country with Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, before his upcoming meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington.

MP Badr al-Ziyadi said the committee intends to hold a meeting with Kadhimi within the next two days.

He explained that the Prime Minister plans to discuss with US officials the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq.

Ziyadi, who is a member of the committee, pointed out that the parliament’s demand for the pullout of foreign forces from the country is binding and not subject to discussion or procrastination.

He added that the committee will hold any party trying to violate that decision accountable.

The Fatah bloc led by Hadi al-Amiri began pressuring the Iraqi government to file a lawsuit against the US over the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, earlier this year.

In a related development, unidentified gunmen attacked a convoy of trucks carrying US logistical equipment on Diwaniyah southern highway.

A security source said the gunmen were in two cars and forced three trucks to stop on the highway, asking the drivers to leave their vehicles before setting them on fire.

The source added that the trucks were carrying equipment for the US army and the international coalition forces, noting that the gunmen escaped before the security forces arrived at the scene to question the drivers.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi forces launched phase four of the “Iraqi Heroes” operation against terrorist organizations in Diyala governorate on the border with Iran, along with the government’s operation to control border crossings with Iran, under the direct supervision of the Prime Minister.

The Tribal Mobilization Forces also started pursuing ISIS terrorists in the western Anbar province, and the Media cell announced that the operation aims to comb several areas in the desert and prevent terrorists from infiltrating the cities.

In Nineveh, the Interior Ministry’s intelligence unit arrested an ISIS commander wanted in line with the provisions of Article 4 of the Anti-Terrorism Law.

The ministry issued a statement explaining that the detainee held an administrative post in ISIS and admitted during investigations that he is a member of the terrorist organization.

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