TRUMP THREATENS IRAQ WITH SANCTIONS IF IT EXPELS U.S. TROOPS BECAUSE OF SOLEIMANI’S KILLING


07/01/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- President Trump has threatened severe sanctions against Iraq after its parliament called on U.S. troops to leave the country."We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that's there. It cost billions of dollars to build. We're not leaving unless they pay us back for it," he told reporters. Soleimani, 62, spearheaded Iranian military operations in the Middle East, and was regarded as a terrorist by the U.S. Iran has vowed "severe revenge" after his death.

Iran has vowed to retaliate and Iraq's parliament responded by voting Sunday to oust U.S. troops based in the country. Iraq's parliamentary vote is non-binding and has yet to be ratified by the government. The targeted killing of Soleimani sparked outrage in the Middle East, including in Iraq, where more than 5,000 American troops are still on the ground 17 years after the U.S. invasion.

Speaking from the presidential plane, Trump said that if Iraq asked U.S. forces to depart on an unfriendly basis, "we will charge them sanctions like they've never seen before, ever. It'll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame."We have a very extraordinarily expensive airbase that's there. It cost billions of dollars to build, long before my time. We're not leaving unless they pay us back for it," Trump told reporters.


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