US Patriot missile system deployment breach of Iraqi sovereignty: Legislator
A member of the Iraqi parliament's security and defense committee has strongly condemned the deployment of Patriot missile systems at the bases hosting US terrorist troops in Iraq as a breach of the Arab country’s sovereignty, urging senior government officials to detail any agreement pertaining to the US move.
“The decision about the withdrawal of foreign forces, including US troops, is not reversible as it represents the Iraqi nation’s will to respond to Washington's crimes in Iraq, its flagrant intervention in the country’s domestic affairs in addition to its repeated targeting of Hashd al-Sha’abi forces (Popular Mobilization Units) and its leaders,” Karim Alawi told Arabic-language al-Ma’alomah news agency in an exclusive interview on Thursday.
News reports suggest the US deployed Patriot missile systems to Iraqi military bases to purportedly protect American terrorist troops against potential missile attacks. One of the Patriot batteries was reportedly deployed to the Ain al-Asad facility in Iraq’s Western Province of Anbar.
Iraqi lawmakers unanimously approved a bill on January 5, demanding the withdrawal of all foreign military forces led by the United States from the country following the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the late Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Deputy Head of Hashd al-Sha’abi, and their companions in a US airstrike authorized by President Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport two days earlier.