Friday (January 24, 2020), legal expert, Ali Al-Tamimi, issued a clarification regarding the removal of American forces from Iraq in accordance with the law, stating that Abdul-Mahdi could not remove them, given that his government is a caretaker.
Al-Tamimi said in a statement received (Baghdad today), that “the first agreement between Iraq and America in 2008 regarding the exit of American forces from Iraq no later than 01/01/2011 and was implemented and organized by Law 51 for the same year.”
He added that “the second agreement was in 2008 with a strategic framework, which is specific to cooperation in all fields, according to Article 24, paragraph 4, of which is permissible to remove American forces from Iraq whenever the Iraqi government wishes.”
“In 2014, the coalition forces were formed in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2170, led by America, and at the request of Iraq,” the legal expert continued.
And Al-Tamimi said, “We must differentiate between the presence of these forces that Iraq can ask to leave and the agreement that has nothing to do with this presence,” stressing that “Abdul-Mahdi cannot remove these forces, because he is resigned and runs a caretaker government.”