Iraqi parliament overwhelms pro-Iran bloc to forge ‘strong’ partnership with U.S.

After nearly a year of negotiations, Iraq has approved a strategic defense agreement with the United States.

On Nov. 27, the Iraqi parliament overwhelmingly voted for the Status of Forces Agreement with the United States.


“This is a historic day for parliament,” Iraqi parliament deputy speaker Khalid Al Attiyah said.

SOFA was supported by 149 out of the 275-member parliament — fewer than 200 attended the session. Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish deputies voted for the pact, opposed by the pro-Iranian bloc in parliament.

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