Withdrawal of US forces from Iraq will bring instability: New Generation President Abdulwahid

New Generation Movement President Shaswar Abdulwahid (File)

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SULAIMANI — New Generation Movement President Shaswar Abdulwahid warned on Friday (January 24) that withdrawal US forces was not in the Iraq' national interest.

“The Kurdistan Region experiment in the past 29 years and also the new Iraqi (after 2003) are both  protected by the US and alliance” Abdulwahid said in a tweet.

“Until we have stability in Iraq and the region the discussion of withdrawal of these forces are premature and creates more instabilities,” he added.

Abdulwahid has previously voiced his support for US and coalition troops staying in Iraq.

The issue of the presence of foreign troops in Iraq came to head earlier this month following the US’ assassination of Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, angering many Shia members in the Council of Representatives who called on caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi to request that US and coalition forces leave the country.

Thousands of supporters of Shia cleric and political leader Moqtada al-Sadr hit the streets on Friday for a brief rally in the al-Jadiriyah area of Baghdad against the US presence and issued a series of demands that included the cancellation of scrutiny agreements.

(NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated at 6:06 p.m. EBL.