In an emergency session following the death of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, Iraq’s parliament voted to expel all American troops from their country.
While the vote is non-binding, Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has voiced his support for the move. Expressing his thanks for American aid in the fight against the Islamic State, Abdul-Mahdi said it was now time for U.S. troops to leave Iraq permanently.
There are roughly 5,200 American soldiers, along with some allied troops, currently stationed in the country as part of the anti-ISIS campaign.
The parliamentary session saw many Sunni and Kurdish members of parliament boycotting it; Shi’ite parties nevertheless had enough seats to carry the vote.