“The United States was disappointed in the decision by Iraq’s parliament on Sunday to recommend that all foreign troops be ordered out of the country after the U.S. killing of a top Iranian military commander and an Iraqi militia leaders,” U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.
However, the U.S. diplomatic department expects clarification of the legal nature and impact of the resolution. Moreover, the U.S. State Department urges Iraqi leaders to reconsider the importance of the two nations’ ongoing economic and security relationship.
The position of Trump is more categorical. The U.S. President stated to the journalists on Sunday that if U.S. troops would be required to leave the country, Iraq’s government would have to pay Washington for the cost of a “very extraordinarily expensive” air base there.
“If Iraq asked U.S. forces to leave on an unfriendly basis, we will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame,” the American leader said.
On January 5, the Parliament of Iraq voted in favor of a resolution providing for cancellation of agreement with an international coalition led by the United States. The corresponding decision was made at an extraordinary session of parliament.
Suleymani was killed on January 3 on the order of U.S. President Donald Trump, as the missile hit Baghdad international airport. Soon, in a statement, Trump called Suleimani "the number one terrorist in the world."