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Trump Says US Will Not Leave Iraq Until
Baghdad Pays for American Air Base, Threatens Sanctions
By Sputnik News
January 06, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" -
The Iraqi parliament voted on Sunday to
support the expulsion of all foreign troops from the
Iraqi territory and cutting off ties with the US-led
international anti-terrorist coalition due to the
Friday's assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the commander
of the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Islamic
Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Bagdad.
“We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base
that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. Long
before my time We’re not leaving unless they pay us back
for it [...] We will charge them sanctions like they’ve
never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions
look somewhat tame”, US President Donald Trump said
Sunday, while he was traveling from Florida
Trump referred to the Balad military base
that houses US forces some 50 miles north of Baghdad.
Trump also hinted that the administration "may discuss"
releasing intelligence related to the killing of Qassem
Kataib Hezbollah, Iraqi Shia militias within the
Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, threatened
earlier to launch attacks on military installations used
by the US forces in Iraq if the Trump administration
does not quickly implement the Iraqi ultimatum to
withdraw its troops from the nation.