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Iraqi Lawmakers Call for Ban on U.S. Citizens after Trump Order

The ministry also described Trump's decision as "wrong" and called for the new U.S. president to reconsider it

Smoke rises from the western side of Mosul following a U.S.-led coalition airstrike in Mosul, Iraq, photo: AP/Khalid Mohammed
11 months ago

Iraq’s lawmakers on Monday backed a “reciprocity measure” that would bar U.S. citizens from entering Iraq in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s banning of Iraqis and citizens of six other majority-Muslim countries from traveling to the United States.

But though the deputy parliament speaker said the Iraqi vote is non-binding for the government, it will likely strain Baghdad’s relations with Washington amid joint efforts to quash the Islamic State group (I.S.) and retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, from the extremists.

Iraq has been a long-time U.S. ally and Iraqi forces, aided by a U.S.-led coalition, are just over three months into the fight against I.S. in Mosul, the largest military operation in Iraqi history since 2003.

Lawmakers Kamil al-Ghrairi and Mohammed Saadoun said that the decision was passed by a majority vote in favor but could not offer specific numbers. No further details were available on the wording of the parliament decision.

Deputy Parliament Speaker Sheik Humam Hamoudi described the lawmakers’ decision as a “recommendation” and called on the U.S. Congress to “pressure the American administration to reconsider” Trump’s order — at least when it comes to Iraqis.

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry also denounced Trump’s order, releasing a statement on Monday saying it “regrets such a decision against … an ally and a strategic partner of the United States.”

“It is a surprise that Iraq is covered under this order because it is not among the countries that export terrorists,” the statement added. “The Iraqi community inside the U.S. enjoys a good reputation and its members have not been involved in any terrorist acts.”

The ministry also described Trump’s decision as “wrong” and called for the new U.S. president to reconsider it.

A copy of the Iraqi parliament’s decision did not say when the reciprocity ban would be enacted or who it would affect — U.S. military personnel, non-government and aid workers, oil companies and or all other U.S. citizens doing business in Iraq.

Even if the government in Baghdad were to take up the parliament’s call and implement the ban on U.S. citizens entering Iraq, it is not certain that the semi-autonomous northern Iraqi Kurdish region — which has equally strong tie with Washington — would abide by it.

“We have seen the reports of the Parliament vote and are reviewing its details,” the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said in a written statement. “We refer you to the Government of Iraq for further clarification.”

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