The Iraqi parliament has demanded that the central government in Baghdad set a timeline for the withdrawal of foreign troops, led by those of the US, from the Arab country after their purported fight against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group practically came to an end following the demise of the terror outfit two months ago.
“The Iraqi parliament expresses its gratitude to all countries which have supported Iraq in its fight against Daesh and calls for the government to draw up a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops,” the office of Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri said in a statement on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Husham al-Suhail, a ruling coalition legislator, said that after the resolution is passed, It is up to the government to decide how long we need them here one year, two years, it’s up to them.”
Daesh unleashed a campaign of death and destruction in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes of land in lightning attacks. Iraqi army soldiers and allied fighters launched operations to eliminate the terrorist group and retake lost territory.
Last December, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of the anti-Daesh campaign in the Arab country.
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Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declares ultimate victory over the Daesh terrorist group in the Arab country.
Abadi had earlier said that US military forces, which number some 5,000, would not stay on in Iraq once Iraqi forces retook Daesh-held areas.
Following the collapse of the Takfiri outfit in Iraq and neighboring Syria, Daesh remnants have been flowing into Afghanistan and expanding their presence there under the nose of the US military and other foreign forces.