United States threatens to quash Iraq's economy if its forces are expelled

Clay Curtis
January 14, 2020

"Outraged by reports of another rocket attack on an Iraqi airbase", he tweeted.

The United States on January 3 killed General Qasem Solemani, the powerful commander of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, after a series of rocket attacks on the U.S. military and vandalism of the USA embassy.

No group claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack, according to Associated Press.

"The work's not done and we need to make sure that we rid the region of (ISIL) permanently", Conservative defence critic James Bezan said.

Last week, Iran launched a slew of ballistic missiles on American forces at the Ayn Al-Asad Air Base and a facility in Erbil in Iraq in retaliation for a United States drone strike that killed a top Iranian general on 3 January. "If you look at (U.S. President Donald) Trump's moves in Iran in the last 10 days, we now have a very unpredictable partner in Mr. Trump and the Americans. and we think that's a unsafe place for Canadians to be".

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The divergent views follow not only an extremely explosive and unpredictable week, which saw the US and Iran come to the brink of war, but also mixed assessments in recent months of the progress in training the Iraqi military and eradicating ISIL. USA officials have insisted Soleimani was plotting attacks on US facilities.

Following the US's assassination of Soleimani, the Iraqi parliament passed a non-binding resolution last week asking the government to expel foreign troops and to cancel the ongoing request for military assistance from the US-led coalition.

The base had held a small US Air Force contingent as well as American contractors, but a majority had been evacuated following tensions between the US and Iran over the past two weeks, military sources told AFP. The plane crashed killing all 176 people on board.

The Iraqi parliament last week voted to rescind the invitation to foreign troops after a USA strike at the Baghdad airport killed a top general from Iran, which also has wide influence in the country.

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