WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives passed a resolution to restrain President Donald Trump from any further military action against Iran in the Middle East.
According to reports by foreign news agencies, in response to the death of a senior Iranian commander in the US drone strike, Iran launched missile attacks on military bases in Iraq where US troops reside, after which the dangerous tensions between the two countries was increased.
The resolution was passed with a total of 224 votes against 194, which was supported by Democrats, while all Republican members voted against it.
The resolution restrain Donald Trump to declare war on Iran without the permission of Congress.
However, the resolution will now go to the Senate, where the US president is dominated by the Republican Party and will face a tough battle.
On the other hand, the US president, while putting aside the need for consultation with Congress, emphasized that he did not need any permission to attack.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2020
Responding to the criticism at an election rally, Donald Trump without giving any evidence, said that Qasem Soleimani was “active in planning new attacks”, including attacks against US embassies.
Speaking to reporters on the resolution, Congress Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Donald Trump should reduce tensions and avoid further provocations because the US and the world cannot afford war.
On January 3, the United States targeted a convoy near a Baghdad airport in which a drone strike killed General Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds force.
On January 8, Iran fired 20 missiles at US military bases in Iraq to avenge the killing of its commander, claiming 80 American soldiers were killed in the attacks.
On the contrary, the United States rejected the Iranian claim that the attacks did not cause any casualties to the US military and US officials claimed that they knew about the attacks early.
On the other hand, US President Donald Trump announced the immediate imposition of additional sanctions on Iran, fearing increased tensions and regular war between Iran and the region.
However, surprisingly, on January 9, the United States offered Iran unconditional talks to end the tensions resulting from the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani and to establish global peace.