US troops in Iraq to face embarrassing kick out, putting Iran ahead

US troops in Iraq to face embarrassing kick out, poutting Iran ahead
There are more than five thousands US troops in Iraq now. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times, Washington: The US is facing the possibility of being kicked out of Iraq, and that could be embarrassing for the country.

Iraq’s parliament started a process to end the presence of foreign troops in the country. The intention is clear, making US troops out of their soil. Iraq rook the step after the US killed top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad two weeks ago.

Iran has unbreakable ties with Iraqi parliament.

In a reaction of the strike, Iraq put in hold joint US-Iraqi operations against ISIS. The country’s caretaker prime minister said a US troop withdrawal was the only way to “protect all those on Iraqi soil,”. He though added that decision would be up to the next government.

But experts say US troops withdrawal will make more troubles as ISIS is still not finished. The group continues to attack different entities. Without the US and other foreign troops in the region, IS would have enough space to resurge. Along with that Iran will be able to expand their impacts in Baghdad.

Advantage for Iran

Iran has been the US’s most vital rival in the region. Both the countries have competed for influence over Baghdad after the US invaded Iraq in 2003.

After the killing of Qasem Soleimani, Iran is seemingly winning the battle. Iran’s long-lasting and consistent strategy has allowed Tehran to gradually weave itself into the fabric of everyday life in Iraq. The US had long gaps in making stable and lasting strategy about Iraq.

Iran has capitalized on years of war and occupation to form militia groups. The country provides an enormous amount of exports to Iraqis that they have to rely on.

As Iran has tremendous influence over Iraq’s parliament, so it is not surprising that Iraq passed a resolution requesting the government to take action about the removal of foreign troops.

Fawaz Gerges, a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said “Iran is the most influential state in Iraq now. That power is only going to grow if the US leaves.”