6 Jan 2020

Iraq wants all foreign troops to leave

From Summer Report, 8:10 am on 6 January 2020

Iraqi MPs have passed a resolution calling for foreign military to leave the country, amid a growing backlash against the US killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike at Baghdad airport.

New Zealand currently has up to 45 military personnel in a non-combat training role at Taji Military Complex in Iraq, and had already planned to withdraw all troops by June this year.

About five-thousand US soldiers are in Iraq as part of the international coalition against the Islamic State group.

Iran is threatening to retaliate after the killing of their general, while the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, says Washington will target any Iranian decision-makers it chooses if there were further attacks on US interests.

RNZ's Washington correspondent, Simon Mark,s speaks with Logan Church.