One ordinary Iraqi also weighed in, saying the U.S. hasn’t “given anything to the country except destruction and devastation”
Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s brief, unannounced, and photo-op-filled visit to American troops still stationed in Iraq more than 15 years after the 2003 invasion—which estimates suggest ultimately killed over a million people—Iraqi political leaders issued statements late Wednesday condemning Trump’s surprise arrival as “a flagrant and clear violation of diplomatic norms.”
Bina, one of Iraq’s major parliamentary blocs, said Trump’s visit “shows his disdain and hostility in his dealings with the Iraqi government.”
“The American leadership was defeated in Iraq and wants to return again under any pretext, and this is what we will never allow,” declared Falih Khazali, an Iraqi politician aligned with Bina.
Sabah al Saadi, the leader of Islah—Bina’s parliamentary rival—agreed, demanding an emergency session “to discuss this blatant violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and to stop these aggressive actions by Trump who should know his limits: The U.S. occupation of Iraq is over.”….