Iraqi parliament wants government to retaliate against US travel ban

By REUTERS
January 30, 2017 13:46

 
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BAGHDAD - The Iraqi parliament voted on Monday to ask the government to "retaliate" against US President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States from Iraq and six other Muslim-majority countries, a parliamentary media official told Reuters.

Trump's order suspending travel, which he signed on Friday, has prompted angry reactions in Iraq, where more than 5,000 US troops are deployed to help Iraqi and regional Kurdish forces in the war against Islamic State.

A government official in Baghdad earlier said Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari plans to meet the US ambassador on Monday or Tuesday to express dismay at Trump's decision.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has not yet reacted to the ban.

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