The Iraqi parliament approved yesterday a government request to “reciprocate” against US President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban entry to the United States from citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries, including Iraq.
Earlier, a government official in Baghdad said the Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari met with the US ambassador in order to express his displeasure with Trump’s decision.
According to the Iraqi foreign ministry’s statement, no Iraqi had been involved in acts of terror in the United States, and therefore Trump was urged to “reconsider” banning Iraqis from entering.
The Iraqi foreign ministry neglected to mention that Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is an Iraqi national. Daesh have committed several acts of terrorism on US soil in recent years.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has not formally responded to Trump’s decision yet, while many other Iraqi officials have rejected Trump’s order.
Around 6,000 US troops are stationed in Iraq to help Iraqi and Kurdish forces in their battle against the Daesh militant group.