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this is the wus live from berlin the iraqi parliament approved a resolution calling for the government to expel american troops from the country. comes after iran's top general was killed in a u.s. drone strike in iran hundreds of thousands of flood the streets toward the revolutionary guard general. venezuela's opposition controlled national assembly is set to decide whether to keep. as its leader the police in caracas set up roadblocks in an effort to disrupt the vote.
thanks for joining us the iraqi parliament has voted to end the u.s. military presence in the country lawmakers accuse the u.s. of violating iraq by carrying out a drone strike on its soil a strike that killed iran's top general and iraqi militia leader on sunday large crowds in iran mourned the death of kassam soleimani at a funeral procession. grief and outrage as tens of thousands in the iranian city of mashad accompanied the body of general kasem solar money to a shrine a popular hero and close ally of the country's supreme leader. or the his assassination is considered
a declaration of war by many iranians. in the parliament cries of death to america in support of the russian the 7 action of the us president is considered a military act of terrorism. the only thing you want to know the disadvantage will have painful consequences for you bush and the ripple effects are being felt already the parliament in neighboring iraq has voted to end the u.s. military presence in the country some 5000 u.s. troops are stationed there on the streets of baghdad fears that instability will only get works. of the market is a horrific atmosphere they want us to live in chaos worse than what we live in now there will be more killings and the fight will move to iraq. and in lebanon the around backs hezbollah militia threaten to hit american forces in the region a lot of the last kellyanne emily kiya american army bases battleships and every
american soldier in the region countries and in our lands i mean the american army killed kassim solo money and the others and it is the americans who will pay the price so be it that they're not up with that well let me say a tall sum and there's been no backing down on the american side in washington u.s. president donald trump threaten to hit tehran hard and fast if iran strikes he tweeted we have targeted 52 iranian sites representing the 52 american hostages taken by iran many years ago. that's a reference to the hospital crisis at the american embassy the fall of the 1979 iranian revolution a key event in the long running conflict between washington and tehran. the latest developments have inspired protests in several american city. it's a provocation to war this is dangerous and anybody who wants peace as this is
insane know it. but the widespread outrage in iran over solomon his assassination may leave the leadership little room to maneuver putting the country on a collision course with the u.s. . and for more insight on this we're joined now in the studio by middle east analyst daniel thanks for being here a lot of tough talk a lot of saber rattling how worried do we really need to be i think we need to we need to be very worried this is a very difficult and a very dramatic situation though the americans say they don't want to enter into a direct into a hot war with iran and of course the iranians say they want to take revenge but they don't want war work very easily happen now at the moment if we look at the language that they use the rhetoric that's been used nobody no side wants to back down and at the moment i think the iranians have though they they are very tough and they're talking have somehow accumulated
a lot of sympathy in the region also because what happened there happened in iraq and if it was a violation of iraqi sovereignty and the remains were not very popular of quite recently in iraq but this act this violation of iraq of iraqi sovereignty by the u.s. has somehow closed the ranks between the iranians and iraq and i think in the long term it's given iraq iran more leverage and more power over iraq and that is something maybe the white house didn't consider before that strike the american secretary of state make pump a you said that the strike is part of an overall strategy of peace and stability in the middle east and as you know better than i strategies are usually put forward white papers and so on do you see any signs of an actual strategy here no i don't i see political goals the military goals which is to try to curtail iranian influence wherever it is in the region but i don't consider that a strategy no i think this the problem here is that this administration doesn't really care about details doesn't really care about what's going on in the region
they have put their money on a few horses they say our interest is defending israel our interest is defending saudi arabia the united arab emirates trade but that's it but they don't they they refuse to deal with the complexity of the region and most importantly with the opinions and narratives of the other sides that they're in conflict with notably iran and that is part of the. problem but i think they have they have openly admitted that they couldn't care less about it and that is i think part of the problem and i think the europeans and others have to deal with that if we could just look at what the iraqi parliament did voting to expel the american troops understand that's largely a symbolic gesture the government needs to do it in the prime minister's an interim prime minister but surely that has consequences absolutely and i don't think it's a symbolic gesture i think it is a very important gesture and it's a very consequential thing to do remember a few years ago the americans were instrumental along side with the iranians by the way to defeat isis it took a long time for them to deliver weapons to the iraqis to the kurds notably but also
to the iraqi army it took a long time for them to intervene with the air force and that gave that gave the so-called islamic state a lot of opportunities to hold their ground and now it's going to be much more difficult to engage the if die if i research as much more difficult for the alliance to be to be forged with the united states and i think in particular the kurds in the north they have very worried about the situation this is why many of them abstained from the vote today in the parliament i think it's a very very important move but the americans left no choice of the iraqi parliament but who in such a situation such a violation of iraqi sovereignty would vote differently from what they actually did there was no chance for them just a real really quick last question if i may nato about 4 hours ago said it was going to suspend its training of iraqi soldiers in the fight against isis is that going to hurt that i think so i think it's definitely a wrong move but of course the priority is the safety of the soldiers and not the political stability of iraq but i think it is
a move that doesn't make things better in the region ok our middle east expert thanks for that thank you and we turn now to some of the other stories making news around the world. so mali is the most militant group al-shabaab has attacked an army base in kenya destroying vehicles and aircraft for terrorists have reportedly been killed in the attack the base located near the town of lamu close to the somali border is used by kenyan and u.s. forces. thousands of people have marched in hong kong near the border to protest against traders from mainland china the traders buy products in hong kong and resell them in china locals say this raises prices in hong kong which has seen more than 6 months of protests over chinese influence of the territory. in croatia polling stations have closed in the 2nd round of the presidential election. the vote is a runoff between former prime minister sharon millan no bitch and social
a social democrat and the conservative incumbent kalinda it's a real bitch that polls suggest the no bitch is the. and we turn to south america now venezuela's opposition controlled national assembly is set to decide whether to keep as its leader he's used that position to declare himself venezuela's interim president in place of the incumbent nicolas maduro but sunday's vote was disrupted when police set up road blocks around the national assembly building in caracas they said they were checking the ideas i.d.'s of lawmakers some journalists were also blocked from the building it's unclear if the vote will go ahead among those refused entry was quantum why don't himself it's nearly a year since he proclaimed himself venezuela's interim leader here's a look at what sparked the country's most recent political crisis and what's happened since. then israel is rumbling political and economic crisis
escalated last january suddenly the country had 2 presidents instead of one. president nicolas maduro was beginning his 2nd term amid a ruined economy wrecked by years of plummeting oil prices fundamentals such as food and medicine were in short supply one by doe was leader of the opposition controlled national assembly he set matures reelection was illegitimate and swore himself in as interim president claim was swiftly recognized by the u.s. and several latin american countries. but duro retained the backing of the powerful military despite quite ohs appeals for their support the generals largely remain loyal to mud duro the power struggle then shifted to humanitarian aid maduro wish fuse to let us sponsored aid into the
country arguing it was foreign interference and in any case not needed. why don't has been fighting to keep his revolution momentum going but hope has turned to disappointment for many. millions have left and the country seems stuck in a stalemate. for more now let's bring in our journalist oscar schleicher who is in caracas. seeking reelection as president of the national assembly but what is going to go on now that the vote has been delayed in place have put robots on the building well not only that security forces military intelligence are all blocked access to the parliament so offices legislators and trust has not been able to enter the national assembly meanwhile those legislators loyal to me but are smuggled out that could ensure to have to let it already a new director to parliament with the excuse of lack of warrant and they have sworn
in a new president legislator we started we started i was in opposition legislator a few weeks ago i was accused of corruption linked with the to the small and it's being investigated by his own party and other legislators since then i think that's been a staunch critic of one way though and that's wonderful of that study small doing stop now just as a nation was done up close for war or the presence of the parliament's president one way though we're been denied access to the national standard so you developments that could change the future oh well leisha's between all the other institutions here that as we'll so like another story of 2 rival presidents this time within the national assembly but listen can you just help help us understand why this vote was so important for one why don't his movement in 1st place. well the opposition has seen its share of division in the past months and this election would have empowered one way though and reaffirming him as the leader
of the united opposition we have seen in the past that the regime attacks against the opposition and its leaders actually empowers them and this election today is a clear attack against one way though so we can expect either a rise in his popularity is equal to surpass the subsequent or more attacks to science and persecution against opposition parliamentarians and so just quickly if you don't mind almost a year has passed since quite a said he was interim president but not much is really changed as has his movement lost momentum or will it get new amental now yes definitely in its last moments and that's why the opposition has been fractured it's been weakened and it's bad subject to. east corruption scandals linked with the chubby small doubt what has happened today we will see if it gives more momentum but it is definitely showing a lot of just going to turn to
a month's opposition because it was done awfully and unconstitutionally this new election of we spotless the new president of the national assembly ok demis askers liker in caracas thanks for that. we turn to sports now where the tennis world is raising money for those affected by australia's bushfires the players are forging ahead with preparations for the australian open in 2 weeks one of the favorites is stefano city boss of greece who took on germany's own up and comer alex on it's head of brisbane today the greek in blue held the upper hand throughout the match but his victory wasn't enough to help his country advance to the next round of the a.t.p. cup team tournament as germany won the deciding doubles match. and you are forced watching t.v. news live from berlin coming up next our tech series shift living in the digital age i'm nick spicer thanks for joining us more news at the top of the hour.