Decide mechanism for troop withdrawal, Iraqi PM tells US

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2020

This contradicts sentiments expressed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who told reporters shortly after Soleimani's killing that the Iranian commander posted an "imminent" threat to the USA and its allies.

Fifty-six % of respondents disapprove of Trump's grasp of the battle with Tehran, whereas 43 % approve and a couple of % skipped answering the query, in line with an ABC Information/Ipsos Ballot.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. speaks during the rally outside of the U.S. Capitol, during a house vote to measure limiting President Donald Trump's ability to take military action against Iran, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Pentagon officials proved to be the most apprehensive, expressing "shock" over Trump's choice to select the most "extreme option" in response to Iran's alleged malign activities in Iraq.

Soleimani masterminded Iran's clandestine and military operations overseas as head of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, creating an arc of Shi'ite power with the help of proxy militias confronting the regional might of the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

It has a plus/minus four.eight share level margin of error.

A Seattle congresswoman says the Department of Homeland Security's civil rights office will investigate reports that travelers of Iranian descent were singled out for extra scrutiny as they crossed the border from Canada into Washington last weekend.


Iran's ballistic missile strike on bases hosting US forces in Iraq appeared to deepen the crisis. Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran had been about to "reach a breakthrough over the situation in Iraq and the region", Abdul Mahdi said.

Also killed in the strike on Soleimani's convoy was the influential Iraqi leader of an Iran-backed militia, known as Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Iran appeared to have calibrated its attack to avoid stoking further USA retaliation, giving some early warning to its Iraqi allies to avoid casualties.

Despite losing its caliphate, the militants are regrouping and digging in for the long haul.

"If there is another military escalation, it will be very hard to do what's needed to get this on the right track, which is taking some time away from this to create space for diplomats on both sides to figure out a path forward, creatively, to suit both sides' interests", said Slim.

Trump says the US will place new sanctions on Iran "until Iran changes its behavior".

Ideas on the table include a smaller force with a slightly different focus, in an attempt to restore trust damaged by the US decision to launch unilateral airstrikes on Iraqi soil.


Anti-government demonstrators protest in Tahrir Square in Baghdad on Friday.

Abdul Mahdi said that despite the "internal and external difficulties" the country might face, canceling its request for help from USA -led coalition military forces "remains best for Iraq on principle and practically". "Our country deserves a good morning", it read.

In each place, huge numbers of people filled thoroughfares, chanting "Death to America" and weeping with emotion. "It wants change by the Iranian people".

"We've lost hundreds of martyrs and not one politician went to grieve with the families", he said.

Asked if he could name any, he said no.


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