Iraq calls on UN Security Council to condemn US strike that killed Soleimani

Iraq calls on UN Security Council to condemn US strike that killed Soleimani
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Iraq is reportedly calling on the United Nations Security Council to condemn the U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad last week. 

Iraq’s ambassador to the U.N., Mohammed Hussein Bahr Aluloom, called the strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani an “assassination” and a “flagrant violation” of terms under which U.S. forces operate in the country on Monday, The Associated Press reports

Bahr Aluloom in a letter to the council also urged the council to hold accountable “those who have committed such violations,” and ensure that Iraq “is not dragged into international and regional crises,” according to AP. 


In the letter, Bahr Aluloom reportedly said the strike was a “dangerous escalation that might ignite a devastating war in Iraq, the region and the world.” 

Following last week’s strike, which was ordered by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters MORE, Iraq’s parliament voted to expel the U.S. military from the country. The nonbinding resolution that passed Sunday reportedly demanded an end to foreign military presence in the country with the aim of forcing the U.S. to withdraw 5,000 troops.

Democrats have been critical of Trump's order for the strike as well as his decision to bypass briefing Congress ahead of the order. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNRCC turns up heat on vulnerable Democrats over Omar's call to abolish police Shocking job numbers raise hopes for quicker recovery Engel primary challenger hits million in donations MORE (D-Calif.) said the House will vote on a resolution to limit Trump's military actions toward Iran. 

Trump has warned that the U.S. will attack Iran if it retaliates for the strike that killed Soleimani, whom administration officials blame for the deaths of U.S. troops and say was planning an "imminent attack."