Shiite cleric Jawad al-Khalisi of the International Union of Resistance Scholars, which is close to Iran, called for protests next Friday against what he called the US occupation of Iraq.
Khalisi earlier called for working to end Iraq's current political process and abolish the country's permanent constitution, which he called "divisive."
Armed militias in Iraq, who are believed to be loyal to Iran, have been recently calling for the removal of foreign troops from the country. Apparently, they find themselves supported by parliamentary attempts by MPs of pro-Iran factions to pass a law forcing the government to remove these troops, especially American ones.
Earlier in January, Sadiqun movement MP Ahmed Kanani said that a draft law to remove foreign forces from the country is still being prepared by the parliament's legal committee.
In a press statement, Kanani affirmed the importance of speeding up efforts to issue the legislation to remove the foreign troops from Iraq.
Discussing the law will be placed on the agenda of the upcoming sessions, Kanani said, adding that "these forces will stay longer inside the country, which poses a lot of questions and doubts."
The parliament's security and defense committee said that the plan to remove the US combat troops from the country does not include a timetable.