Trump threatening Iraq with sanctions: We will not withdraw before we redeem the price of our base

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US President Donald Trump threatened Sunday night on Monday to impose “unprecedented” sanctions on Iraq if Baghdad went ahead with the expulsion of US forces.

In statements to reporters on the Air Force One presidential plane, Trump stressed that “the American forces will not withdraw completely from Iraq unless the American army is compensated for the high costs it paid at an air base there.”

He said, “We spent a lot of money in Iraq and we have an air base that cost billions of dollars to build … We will not leave before they return to us what we paid.”

“If Iraqi officials expel the United States from the country, we will impose sanctions on them that they have not seen before, and the Iranian sanctions will be minimal next to it,” he added.

Earlier on Sunday, the Iraqi parliament voted to oblige the government “to work to end the presence of all foreign forces on Iraqi soil”, in the wake of the controversial air strike on Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.

The commander of the Iranian “Quds Force” Qassem Soleimani and the deputy head of the “Popular Mobilization Authority” Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, and 8 others, were killed on Friday dawn, with American air strikes in Baghdad; which sparked widespread anger in Iraq and Iran, and mutual threats between Tehran to retaliate and Washington to respond to any step.

In response, the Iraqi parliament voted by a majority, to a resolution calling on the government to end the foreign military presence on the country’s territory, and to submit a formal complaint to the Security Council against the United States for “violating Iraqi sovereignty.”

And deploy about 5 thousand American soldiers in military bases throughout Iraq within the international coalition under the pretext of fighting the “ISIS”.


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