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Hungary will not yet withdraw its military from Iraq, Orban said

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that Hungarian troops will remain in Iraq while an agreement with the Iraqi authorities is in effect.

“We will consider whether we should withdraw (the military) or not, on the basis of international and intergovernmental grounds. Until the Iraqi government cancels the agreement, the Hungarian troops will be in Iraq. If the Iraqi government puts an end to the agreement, we will withdraw (them)”, – the Prime Minister quoted government representative Zoltan Kovacs on Twitter.

According to the Daily News Hungary, in 2015, Hungary sent 200 people to Iraq to participate in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist organization. Earlier, the presence of the Hungarian military in this country was extended until December 31, 2021.

On the night of January 3, the US military conducted an operation near the international airport in the Iraqi capital against the commander of the elite unit of the Iranian army – the Quds special forces, General Qassem Suleimani and the deputy head of the Iraqi Shiite militia Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. In Washington, they believe that they were involved in organizing the assault on the American embassy.

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry called the operation against Suleymani a violation of the country’s sovereignty. In addition, parliament voted to break the agreement with the Western coalition to combat IS * and the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country.

On Wednesday night, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps announced the start of a retaliation operation for the assassination of General Kassem Suleymani. Land-to-land missiles were fired from Iran at the Ein al-Assad base in western Iraq and the base at Erbil, where the US military is located.

Iranian Press TV claims to have killed 80 people.

US President Donald Trump after the attack said that “everything is in order.” Fox News reported with reference to sources that, according to preliminary information, there are no victims among Americans.

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