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A woman waves the national flag during clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. Image Credit: AP

American forces have started withdrawing from 15 bases in Iraq, Sky News Arabia reported, citing its reporter.

France, Germany and Australia submitted a request to the joint special operations command to set up a timetable for withdrawing their own forces from the country, the TV network reported, citing the parliament's defense committee.

Pompeo Says Iraqi Leaders Privately Want U.S. Troops to Remain

The January 3, strike which killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and a top Iraqi commander was condemned by Baghdad as a breach of its sovereignty and of the coalition’s mandate, which focuses on fighting Daesh.

Iraq’s parliament swiftly voted in favour of ousting all foreign troops - including the 5,200 US soldiers - and the coalition’s anti-Daesh operations were indefinitely suspended.