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Iraq wants an end to presence of the international coalition

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Iraqi Prime Minister Mohamed Chia al-Soudani in Berlin, January 13, 2023. (Archive photo)

Agence France-Presse

Iraqi Prime Minister reiterated on Friday its “firm” determination to put an end to the presence in Iraq of the international anti-jihadist coalition, the day after an American strike which killed a leader of a pro-Iranian faction in Baghdad. /p>

Mohamed Chia al-Soudani, whose government is supported by parties close to Iran, has already signaled in recent weeks his desire to see foreign troops deployed in Iraq leave the country.

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Mushtaq Talib al-Saidi died in a drone attack in Baghdad claimed by the United States on January 4, 2024.

But this new declaration comes in a context of growing tensions, as Iraq is affected by the repercussions of the conflict between Israel and Palestinian Hamas.

On Thursday, a commander and another member of the al-Nujaba movement, part of the Hashd al-Shaabi coalition of pro-Iranian factions, were killed by a US drone strike in Baghdad.

This act of self-defense, according to Washington, angered the Iraqi government which saw it as an aggression by the international coalition.

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Members of the Iraqi security forces

On Friday, Mr. Soudani affirmed [his] firm position aimed at ending the existence of the international coalition, because the justifications for its existence have ended.

A dialogue carried out through a bilateral committee must determine the terms of the end of this presence, he said, according to a press release from his services, during a tribute to Qassem Soleimani, former architect of Iranian military operations in the Middle East, killed by an American drone attack in January 2020 in Baghdad.

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American troops and the international coalition, in place in Iraq since 2014 to fight against the armed group Islamic State (IS), have themselves been the target of almost daily attacks in Iraq and Syria since the start of the conflict. between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in October.

Most of these attacks are claimed by the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, a nebula of armed factions allied to #x27;Iran and linked to Hachd al-Chaabi, former militias that have become an integral part of regular Iraqi troops.

Led by Washington, the international coalition includes several countries, including France and Spain. It was created when ISIS jihadists controlled large areas of Iraq and Syria. As part of this coalition, Washington deploys 2,500 soldiers in Iraq and 900 in Syria.

Baghdad declared military victory against ISIS at the end 2017, but the organization still maintains cells in remote areas of northern Iraq that carry out sporadic attacks.

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