Iraq and Iran to ban US nationals in retaliation to Trump’s travel policy

On 29 January, the Iraqi parliament’s foreign committee released a statement in response to President Donald Trumps executive order to ban travel into the US to 7 predominately Muslim countries, which included Iraq.

The statement stressed Iraq’s position on the war on terrorism, where 5000 US military forces have been sent, and how it viewed the move to ban its citizens as unfair. A proposal by its foreign committee was submitted to the Iraqi government requesting that it consider implementing a ban on US nationals travelling to the country, which may be put through a vote in parliament.

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“Iraq is on the front line of the war on terrorism,” said the statement. “It is unfair that the Iraqis are treated in this way.” The proposal could now be put to a vote in the Iraqi parliament. Some Iraqi members of parliament are in support of a ban on US nationals, while others say they will urge Washington to reconsider.

The implications of a ban being informed are dire for already strained US and Iraq relations, and hinder the fight against ISIS. American aid workers, advisers to special forces continue to operate in areas close to Mosul, the only remaining city under ISIS control.

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Iran intends on implementing a travel ban on US nationals, expect those with visas. Speaking of Trump’s policy, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said it “will be recorded in history as a great gift to extremists and their supporters.”

A petition in the UK launched only yesterday, calling for the banning of Trump to visit the UK following an invite from the Queen, has already secured 800,000 signatures. This too, initiated by Graham Guest from Leeds, was in retaliation to Trump’s travel policy.

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