The Trump Administration has begun drafting possible sanctions to be placed on Iraq after the country’s parliament voted to expel the US military.
According to The Hill:
Senior administration officials have reportedly begun drawing up potential economic sanctions against Iraq in the wake of President Trump‘s threat to impose sanctions should the country force American troops to withdraw.
The talks regarding possible sanctions are in preliminary stages, The Washington Post reported, citing three officials briefed on the planning. The officials stressed that no final decision has been made regarding economic penalties. One said that the plan was to wait “at least a little while” to see if Iraq followed through with its calls to expel U.S. troops from the country.
The officials added that the Treasury Department and the White House would orchestrate the sanctions effort on Iraq, a foreign ally the U.S. has invested billions supporting, if it were to move forward.
The reported talks come as the Trump administration deals with the fallout from president’s decision to order an airstrike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, one of the most powerful officials in Iran and the leader of its elite Quds Force, in Baghdad, Iraq. Iranian officials have vowed to retaliate. On Sunday, the Iraqi parliament voted in favor of a nonbinding resolution that calls on the government to work toward ending U.S. troop presence in the country.
Thousands of US Troops are currently in the country as part of Operation Targeting ISIS.