HUNDREDS OF PROTESTERS IN BAGHDAD DEMAND US TROOPS TO LEAVE IRAQ


08/11/2020




Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- In Iraq, numerous protesters gathered in Baghdad on Saturday (7 November) to demand the departure of remaining US forces in accordance with a parliament vote earlier this year.

The demonstration took place near an entrance to the high-security Green Zone, where the US embassy and other foreign representions are based. One of the banners at the demonstration read "We will choose resistance if parliament's vote is not ratified!"

Some of the protesters carried signs bearing the logo of Hashed al-Shaabi, which is a state-backed network of armed groups and militia men including many supported by Iran.

Following a US strike on Baghdad last January that killed top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and the Hashed's deputy head, the angered Iraqi parliamentarians voted to expel all foreign forces from Iraq.

The US has deployed thousands of troops in Iraq since 2014 to head an international coalition helping Baghdad fight the Islamic State.

The US authorities have decided to decrease the number of those forces in recent months to around 3,000, and other coalition countries have also acted similarly.


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