Iraq wants US to set up mechanism for withdrawal of troops
Friday, 10 January 2020 2:02 PM [ Last Update: Friday, 10 January 2020 2:25 PM ]
The file photo shows Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad on October 23, 2019. (By Reuters)
Iraq’s caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has called on the United States to dispatch a delegation to Baghdad tasked with formulating a mechanism for the withdrawal of US troops from the country in the wake of the assassination of Iran’s Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).
According to a statement released by the Iraqi premier’s office on Friday, Abdul-Mahdi “requested that delegates be sent to Iraq to set the mechanisms to implement the parliament’s decision for the secure withdrawal of (foreign) forces from Iraq” in a phone call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late on Thursday.