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Iraqi militia commander Amiri calls for expelling foreign troops: state TV
Iraqi militia commander Hadi al-Amiri gestures during an interview with Reuters in Baghdad February 6, 2015. (File photo Reuters)

Iraqi militia commander Hadi al-Amiri called on all Iraqi factions to unite and expel foreign troops, hours after the US killed Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes in an air strike on Baghdad airport.

“We call on all national forces to unify their stance in order to expel foreign troops whose presence has become pointless in Iraq,” state TV quoted Amiri, who leads the powerful Iran-backed Badr Organization militia and fought on Iran's side in its 1980-1988 war with Iraq.

A Farsi speaker who spent more than two decades fighting Saddam Hussein from exile in Iran, Amiri also leads a political bloc representing militia groups that has the second-largest number of seats in parliament.

source: Reuters