US-Led Coalition Forces Withdraw from Base in Western Iraq

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 BAGHDAD – The US-led coalition has fully pulled out its forces from a base in the al-Anbar Province in western Iraq, security sources said on Monday amid increasing efforts by Baghdad to expel the United States military from the country.

“All forces and equipment of the US-led coalition have withdrawn from a base in the Southern parts of al-Qaem,” the security source told the Arabic-language al-Soumeriyeh news website.

He added that the US-led coalition forces were pulled out from a base near the al-Fousfat railway station in the southern parts of al-Qaem, 310km away from western Ramadi in al-Anbar near the borders with Syria. The source said the military equipment deployed at the base has been transferred to Ein al-Assad base in the al-Baghdadi district.

Iraq’s Parliament has voted to have the US troops removed from the country, heeding a call from former PM Adil Abdul Mahdi to take urgent measures and end the foreign forces’ presence as soon as possible. The Iraqi Parliament passed a resolution to work to end the foreign troop presence in the Arab country in the wake of a US targeted assassination of a top Iranian general and a commander of Iraqi popular forces.

The resolution, which was passed anonymously, instructed the government to cancel a request for military assistance to the US-led coalition, which was issued in response to the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (known as ISIL, ISIS or Daesh) terror group.

“The government commits to revoke its request for assistance from the international coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant due to the end of military operations in Iraq and the achievement of victory,” the resolution read, adding, “The Iraqi government must work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them from using its land, airspace or water for any reason.”

The resolution stated that Iraqi military leadership has to report the number of foreign instructors that are necessary for Iraqi national security.

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