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The US-led coalition fighting against ISIS has told the Iraqi military that it “respects” their sovereign decision to order the departure of foreign troops. On Sunday Iraq’s parliament called for US and other foreign military forces to leave amid a growing backlash against the killing of Iranian General Soleimani.

The Iraqi parliament passed a non-binding resolution calling on the government to work to end all foreign troop presence.

In a letter to the Iraqi military, the US-led coalition fighting against ISIS has said: “We respect your sovereign decision to order our departure”.

The letter, seen by Reuters, read: “Sir, in deference to the sovereignty of the Republic of Iraq, and as requested by the Iraqi Parliament and the Prime Minister, CJTF-OIR will be repositioning forces over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for onward movement.”

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The letter was reportedly sent from the United States Marine Corps Brigadier General William H Seely III, the commanding general of Task Force Iraq, and was addressed to the Iraqi defence ministry’s Combined Joint Operations Baghdad.

US write to Iraqi military

US write to Iraqi military ‘respecting’ order to leave (Image: NC)

Qassem Soleimani

Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike on Friday (Image: GETTY)

The US-led coalition is expected to see a proportion of troops remain in the region, while some of the troops currently situated in the Green Zone will be relocated.