Tensions between the U.S. and the Iraqi government continue to mount over the presence of U.S. forces in the region. One America’s Chanel Rion has the latest from the White House.
Balad Air Base, which houses American troops, was hit by at least eight rockets on Saturday. Reports said at least four Iraqi military officials were injured following the strike, which occurred north of Baghdad.
A convoy of U.S. troops was struck by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan early on Saturday. According to a NATO spokesperson, the incident took place in the southern province of Kandahar, which is about 70 miles north of the Pakistani border.
The United States is rejecting demands from the Iraqi government to remove troops from the region. On Friday, a spokesperson for the State Department highlighted the crucial mission American forces have in Iraq, including their continued fight against ISIS.
Iran’s Ayatollah regime is making new threats against U.S. military personnel in the Middle East. On Thursday, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard said the group has prepared hundreds of missiles to carry out new strikes on U.S. forces in Iraq and beyond.
Iraq’s parliament has voted in favor of a resolution to expel U.S. troops from the country. The resolution passed on Sunday and will revoke a prior agreement with Washington, which allowed it to send troops to the country to fight the Islamic State.
The U.S. is planning to deploy over 3,000 additional troops to the Middle East following the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Reports detailed the move on Friday, citing several defense officials and one military official.
The Defense Department is sending 750 additional troops to the Middle East in response to the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed the move on Tuesday.