US comes under mounting pressure from Iran and Iraq to leave. Latest warnings havecome from Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr and Iran President Dr Hassan Rouhani.
However, President Rouhani said that withdrawal from region serves US own interests, restores regional security.
Muqtada al-Sadr has also urged Iraqis to take out million-man march against the continued US military presence.
US comes under mounting pressure
Iraq’s parliament have voted to expel the American troops following an assassination operation by Washington on Iraqi soil.
Sadr leads the largest parliamentary bloc Sairoon in Iraq. He tweeted that the march needed to condemn the American presence and its violations.
He further said that occupying forces violate the skies, land, and sovereignty of Iraq every day.
However, he cautioned that such a show of popular disapproval should be a “peaceful, unified demonstration,” but did not offer a date or location for the proposed rally.
Iraq government and parliament termed the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in illegal US airstrikes an attack on Iraq sovereignty.
They have formally demanded US troops to leave but Trump administration refused to comply with legal demand.
US President Donald Trump ordered to kill Soleimani in June 2019, according to the US media reports.
President Donald Trump had authorized the American military to assassinate Iran’s top general Qasem Soleimani seven months ago.
However, US media also reported that he ordered killing Tehran’s actions led to the death of Americans in the region.
But, Iranian media rejects US government allegations referring to the legitimacy which Soleimani enjoyed in Iraq. They noted Iraq government officially invited him while Iraqi Parliament demanded US withdrawal.
Bolton urged Trump
Meanwhile, NBC News said that then-National Security Adviser John Bolton urged Trump for it. But he wrongly argued it as to retaliate for Iran’s downing of a U.S. drone in June.
Because, Iran itself downed US drone for violating Iranian sovereignty despite several warning.
While citing five current and former senior administration officials, NBC News reported role of Bolton.
It said Bolton urged Trump to approve an operation to kill Soleimani.
Pompeo backed Bolton
Furthermore, the officials also said that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo backed the decision to kill Soleimani at the time.
Trump said that he would only take action if Iran killed an American, a person briefed on the discussion told NBC.