Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

Iraq's outgoing prime minister says U.S. troops must leave to avoid crisis

Iraq's outgoing prime minister says U.S. troops must leave to avoid crisis

"What is important is that the corruptive presence of the United States in this region must end".

The speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Mohammed al-Halbusi condemned the Iranian missile strikes as a "violation of Iraqi sovereignty".

Trump offered no immediate indication of whether he would retaliate, and stayed out of sight as news of the missile strikes emerged.

He said: "As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend USA personnel, partners, and allies in the region". So far, so good! United States defence officials were at the White House, probably to discuss options with Mr Trump, who launched the attack on Gen Soleimani while facing an upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate.

Iranian officials said Tehran did not want a war and its strikes "concluded" its response to Friday's killing of Qassem Soleimani, a powerful general whose burial after days of mourning was completed around the time of the missile launches.

"They were planning something", he said of the Iranians.

That's the question on many people's minds after Iranian missiles attacked two Iraqi airbases that house USA troops Tuesday night. He was addressing a gathering of Iranians who chanted "Death to America".

But the details have been scarce, and Democrats have called for more information to be made public about the threat posed to U.S. forces by Soleimani.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Washington.

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"He's no longer a monster".

"Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world", Trump said in an address to the nation.

Baghdad earlier called on US and other foreign troops to leave Iraq.

"Trump said they weren't in Baghdad to discuss vacation plans or visit a "nice resort", but were there to discuss "'bad business'".

"We will charge them sanctions like they've never seen before, ever".

The attack sparked concerns that the killing of Iran's top general due to the USA drone attack on Friday last week would trigger widespread conflict in the Middle East that could disrupt global oil supplies.

Mr Raab said a war in the Middle East would only benefit the so-called Islamic State - also known as Daesh - and urged Iran not to respond further.

The local FARS news agency quoted Iran's President Hassan Rouhani as saying that "the U.S. has perhaps cut off Soleimani's arm, but Iran would cut off the US' leg". Iran-backed militias in Iraq, known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), have threatened revenge on American interests and personnel for the killings.

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