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After the US attack on Soleimani and al-Muhandis, the Iraqi Parliament held a vote to expel American troops from the country.

Abdul-Mahdi's comments to Pompeo suggests he was standing by his previous statements that U.S troops should leave Iraq despite recent signals toward de-escalation between Tehran and Washington following the tit-for-tat attacks that brought Iraq to the brink of a proxy war. US officials have insisted Soleimani was plotting attacks on USA facilities.

"Probably it was going to be the embassy in Baghdad".

In a briefing to parliament, Hossein Salami, commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, said the missiles it fired last Wednesday on Iraqi bases hosting U.S. troops were not aimed at killing American personnel. "We're not leaving unless they pay us back for it", Trump said. As the secretary of state said, we are determined to protect the Americans, the Iraqis and our coalition partners, "said Morgan Ortagus".

Pompeo also said on Twitter that he spoke with with Abdel-Mahdi "on Iran's attack against Iraqi sovereignty".

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In a statement Friday, Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi's office said he had requested in a call Thursday with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the USA send representatives to Iraq to discuss mechanisms for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

According to sources, the al-Balad base is the main base of the US Air Force in Iraq.

'We are happy to continue the conversation with the Iraqis about what the right structure is, ' Pompeo said at the White House during an unrelated appearance. Their deployment was based on an executive-to-executive agreement, never ratified by Iraq's parliament.

"Outraged by reports of another missile attack on an Iraqi air base".

Earlier this week, Iran launched missile attacks on two Iraqi airbases hosting United States troops in retaliation for the killing of a top Iranian commander in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad.

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USA soldier advising Iraqi forces is seen in the city of Mosul in a file photo.

In a message delivered through a representative in Friday prayers in the holy city of Kerbala, Sistani said foreign powers should not be allowed to decide the fate of Iraq.

The ambassador was released after more than an hour in custody but Dominic Raab, called the arrest a "flagrant violation" of global law.

In Brussels, EU foreign ministers joined by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, were meeting on Friday to find ways to push the United States and Iran away from open conflict.

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