Iraq parliament votes to expel US military

Iraq’s parliament has voted to expel the US military from the country.
Lawmakers voted Sunday in favor of a resolution that calls for ending foreign military presence in the country. The resolution’s main aim is to get the U.S. to withdraw some 5,000 U.S. troops present in different parts of Iraq.
The vote comes two days after a U.S. airstrike killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani inside Iraq, dramatically increasing regional tensions.
The Iraqi resolution specifically calls for ending an agreement in which Washington sent troops to Iraq more than four years ago to help in the fight against the Islamic State group.
The resolution was backed by most Shiite members of parliament, who hold a majority of seats.
Many Sunni and Kurdish legislators did not show up for the session, apparently because they oppose abolishing the deal.
The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group says the US killing of a top Iranian general puts the entire region at the beginning of a “completely new phase.”
Speaking before thousands of supporterss at a rally in southern Beirut, Hassan Nasrallah called the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani a “clear, blatant crime” that will transform the Middle East.
Sunday’s comments were his first public statements since Soleimani was killed by a US airstrike in Iraq Friday.
The Shiite militant group is Iran’s key proxy and most successful military export. Nasrallah, who has been in hiding fearing Israeli assassination since 2006, spoke to supporters through a large screen via satellite link.
The daughter of Iran’s late General, Qassem Soleimani says the death of her father will “not break us” and the United States should know that his blood will not go for free.