FNA – Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani described the Iraqi parliament decision to expel American troops from the Arab country as the first slap across the face of American President Donald Trump and his criminal companions after the assassination of the region’s counter-terrorism Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.
On Sunday night in a meeting with visiting Syria’s Chief of the National Security Bureau Major General Ali Mamlouk in Tehran, Rear Admiral Shamkhani described the ratification of an anti-US resolution in the Iraqi Parliament, US forces can no longer continue presence in Iraq as a “hard slap in the face of Trump and his team of criminals”.
Pointing to the resolution which was adopted on Sunday and requires the government to order the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Shamkhani said that “after this law comes into force, US presence in Iraq is tantamount to occupation.”
The top security official said in the meeting that the Iraqi Parliament, government, and people have taken the first step in taking revenge on US by holding a glorious funeral ceremony and adopting the mentioned resolution. He described the measures as
Referring to Iran’s stance on the promised revenge against the US over the assassination of Lt. Gen. Soleimani, Shamkhani highlighted, “We will certainly give a military response but it will not solely remain limited to military measures.”
Americans will soon understand that martyrdom of General Soleimani is more dangerous for them than the time when he was alive, he added.
For his part, the Syrian official expressed condolences on behalf of Syrian President and armed forces to the Iranian nation and officials over the martyrdom of General Soleimani.
Mamlouk said that people of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan share feeling with Iranians over this loss, adding that Soleimani’s martyrdom will be the beginning of Palestine’s freedom and Israel’s destruction.
Iraq’s Parliament voted to have the US troops removed from the country, heeding a call from Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi to take urgent measures and end the foreign forces presence as soon as possible.
The Iraqi Parliament passed a resolution to work to end the foreign troop presence in the Arab country in the wake of a US targeted assassination of a top Iranian general and a commander of Iraqi popular forces.
The resolution, which was passed anonymously, instructed the government to cancel a request for military assistance to the US-led coalition, which was issued in response to the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as ISIL, ISIS or Daesh) terror group.
“The government commits to revoke its request for assistance from the international coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant due to the end of military operations in Iraq and the achievement of victory,” the resolution read, adding, “The Iraqi government must work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them from using its land, airspace or water for any reason.”
The resolution stated that Iraqi military leadership has to report the number of foreign instructors that are necessary for Iraqi national security.
Earlier, Abdul Mahdi had requested that parliament order the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country.
During the session convened amid growing tensions in the region in the aftermath of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Qods Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani’s assassination by the administration of US President Donald Trump, the prime minister stressed that it is in the interest of both Iraq and the US to terminate the presence of Washington’s troops in the Arab country.
“Despite the internal and external difficulties that we might face, it remains best for Iraq on principle and practically,” he stressed.
The prime minister said the American side notified the Iraqi military about the planned airstrike minutes before it was carried out, but his government denied Washington permission to continue with the operation.
Abdul Mahdi added that Soleimani was on his way to meet him when the US airstrike killed the Iranian top commander.
According to the Iraqi prime minister, the Iranian general was expected to deliver a response from Tehran to ‘a Saudi message’.
Also on Sunday, Iraq’s Foreign Ministry summoned US Ambassador Matthew Tueller on the back of repeated American airstrikes on Iraqi soil.
The foreign ministry stated that the act was “a flagrant breach of Iraq’s sovereignty and of all international laws and norms that regulate relations between countries and prohibit the use of their lands to carry out attacks on neighbouring countries”.
Baghdad has also lodged official complaints with the United Nations Secretary-General and Security Council over US air raids on Iraqi.
The complaint is about “American attacks and aggression on Iraqi military positions and the assassination of Iraqi and allied high level military commanders on Iraqi soil”, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
It described the attacks as “a dangerous breach of Iraqi sovereignty and of the terms of US presence in Iraq”, calling on the security council to condemn the assaults.
General Soleimani, Deputy Commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), or Hashad al-Shabi, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and eight others were martyred in a targeted assassination by US aircraft in Iraq’s Baghdad on Friday.
Iranian officials branded Washington assassination operation an “act of international terrorism” and promised retaliation. Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has stated that the Unites States must await a tough revenge.
Earlier last week, Washington Embassy in Baghdad barely escaped a takeover by Iraqi protesters following a series of US airstrikes that killed 28 popular forces a week ago. The demonstrators chanted “Death to America” and even managed to set checkpoints on fire, calling for the expulsion of the US ambassador and American military servicemen from the Arab country.