Adil Abdul-Mahdi may be on his way out as Iraqi’s prime minister, but he might try to engineer an exit for the US on his own way out the door. The furious PM declared the killing of Qassem Soleimani and Iran-backed Iraqi military commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis “a massive breach of sovereignty,” and warned it would “light the fuse of war.” Abdul-Mahdi called on the Iraqi parliament to take punitive action against the US:
“The assassination of an Iraqi military commander who holds an official position is considered aggression on Iraq … and the liquidation of leading Iraqi figures or those from a brotherly country on Iraqi soil is a massive breach of sovereignty,” Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said. …
The prime minister said the US strike violated terms of the US military presence in Iraq, adding that US troops were exclusively in Iraq to train Iraqi security forces and fight Islamic State within the framework of a global coalition.
Abdul-Mahdi called on parliament to convene an extraordinary session to “take legislative steps and necessary provisions to safeguard Iraq’s dignity, security, and sovereignty.”
He did not specify what those provisions would entail, but some officials and parliamentarians have called for steps to expel US troops from Iraq.
The assembly already planned a session for tomorrow to deal with the crisis, and voiding the military agreement is at least on the agenda: