Washington: US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose harsh sanctions on Iraq after the war-torn nation’s Parliament handed a decision urging the federal government to expel American and different overseas troops.
“If they do ask us to leave, if we don’t do it in a very friendly basis, we will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame,” Trump advised reporters on Sunday whereas onboard the Air Drive One.
“We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that’s there. It costs billions of dollars to build… We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it,” he added.
Trump’s warning got here hours after the Iraqi Parliament earlier on Sunday handed a draft legislation requiring the federal government to finish the presence of overseas forces and forestall them from utilizing Iraqi air and water area, studies Xinhua information company.
Iraqi caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi attended the televised Parliament session and addressed the lawmakers, saying that “the departure of the US forces from Iraq will be in the benefit of Iraq and the US, especially after the latest developments”.
In response, the US State Division stated that America was “disappointed” by the motion taken by the Iraqi parliament.
“We strongly urge Iraqi leaders to reconsider the importance of the ongoing economic and security relationship between the two countries and the continued presence of the Global Coalition to Defeat IS (the Islamic State),” the assertion stated.
The Iraqi parliament session got here two days after a US drone strike on a convoy close to Baghdad Worldwide Airport killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Drive of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy chief of Iraq’s paramilitary Widespread Mobilization Forces or Hashd Shaabi.
Over 5,000 US troops have been deployed in Iraq to assist the Iraqi forces within the battles in opposition to the IS militants, primarily offering coaching and advising to the native forces.