Qasem Soleimani Killing Puts US Troop’s Survival on Line in Iraq

From heated exchange of words to use of technologically advanced weapons, conflicts in the Middle East keep palpitating the peace aspects of the region. Combat between US-Iran and the conflict that only had latter’s retaliatory moves until this point, has added new set of problems with Iraq pushing against Washington.

Killing the Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad last week, the US made clear the intentions to continue pushing against the so-called biggest sponsor of terrorism. However, Iraq co-equivocally responded to the giddiness caused by the US’ stride to deter its standing in the region.

In a new move, Iraqi MPs have, thus, passed a non-binding resolution for foreign troops to leave after the drone strike. The resolution was passed by the Iraqi parliament after caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi called for an end to the foreign military presence in his speech to the MPs.

As reported, around 5,000 US soldiers are in Iraq as a part of the international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group. The terms stated by Iraq imply direct retaliation against coalition that has currently paused its operations against IS in Iraq. However, Washington has threatened severe sanctions if the nation goes ahead with the move.

Qasem Soleimani, who directed Iranian military operations in the Middle East, was named as the terrorist by the US. Under his leadership, Iran bolstered Hezbollah in Lebanon and other pro-Iranian militant groups. Besides, widening its presence in Iraq and Syria.

Consequently, US-Iran have been at odds since former did not agree to the terms of nuclear agreement stating that it was only beneficial to the latter. The situation has since slumped and seen a number of moves from the Gulf monarchy to sideline the US sanctions. The fight has also included the European nations, which have helped Iran sideline the maximum pressure policy from Washington.

Meanwhile, Iraq finds itself in an even tougher position, both as an ally of the US and Iran. Iraq’s economic hold in the Gulf region has reduced severely with IS taking charge of the nation, as a part which the US troops were re-deployed in 2014 to help end the crisis. However, even the Baghdad’s government sees killing of Qasem Soleimani as a violation of the terms of the coalition’s presence.

Middle East has seen numerous turn of events since the wave of Arab unrest in 2011 that included almost every region in the Gulf demanding freedom of justice and expression. And with US-Iraq-Iran at odds over killing of Qasem Soleimani, the roots of wider conflict may have just been sown again.

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