the USA Congress votes to end the decision to use force in Iraq

30 January 2020 : The US House of Representatives is expected to vote on Thursday on a draft resolution that would end the mandate to use force in Iraq, which was approved in 2002 to give the legislative mandate to the United States to launch the Iraq war in 2003.

In his Twitter tweet, US President Donald Trump urged members of the House of Representatives to “vote with their hearts” on that legislation, and added that the United States reduced its presence in Iraq until the number of its soldiers there reached only five thousand.

On the other hand, Trump threatened that he would use the veto against any legislation supported by the Democrats that would restrict his military options against Iran.

Washington had rejected an Iraqi request to withdraw US forces from Iraq, a request made by Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, in line with the parliament’s decision, after the killing of the Iranian “Quds Force” commander Qassem Soleimani, and the deputy head of the PMF Abu Mahdi, who was engaging in an American raid, in January 3rd on the campus of Baghdad airport.

Trump also waved financial sanctions at the cost of US bases in Iraq.
For his part, James Jeffrey, the US special envoy to Syria, told Reuters on Wednesday that the United States hopes to discuss the full strategic framework for its relationship with Iraq soon. He continued, “We look forward to sitting down and having extensive discussions with the government on the full strategic framework for relations in the near future.”

He also stated that the US-led coalition operations are still stalled in Iraq while the focus is on protecting the forces and talks with the Baghdad government on the way forward.

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