Iraq Calls on U.S. to Review 'Wrong' Travel Ban as Parliament Urges Tit-for-Tat Move

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Baghdad called Monday for the United States to review its "wrong decision" to prevent Iraqis from entering the country as parliament backed reciprocal restrictions if Washington does not change course.

The responses from Baghdad are part of a growing backlash against President Donald Trump's executive order barring citizens of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen from entering the U.S. for at least 90 days, a decision he billed as an effort to make America safe from "radical Islamic terrorists."

The travel restrictions, which come on the heels of repeated assertions by Trump that the U.S. should have stolen Iraq's oil before leaving in 2011, risk alienating the citizens and government of a country fighting against militants the president has cast as a major threat to America.

"We reject... the decision to prevent the reception of Iraqis in the United States of America, and call for its review," Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari told U.S. ambassador Douglas Silliman, according to a statement on his website.

But "we (also) confirm our commitment to establishing better relations between Baghdad and Washington," Jaafari said.

The foreign ministry also issued a statement calling on the U.S. to "review this wrong decision."

"It is very unfortunate that this decision was issued towards an allied state linked by strategic partnership with the United States," it said.

The ministry noted the U.S. move "coincides with victories achieved by (Iraq's) brave fighters and with the support of the international coalition against the Daesh terrorist gangs in Mosul," referring to the battle to retake the city from the Islamic State jihadist group.

Parliament, meanwhile, urged the government to take similar measures against Americans if Washington does not reconsider its position.

Lawmakers voted for "a policy of reciprocity with the American decision in the event that the American side does not withdraw its decision," according to text read out before the vote.

It also called for the U.S. Congress to pressure the Trump administration to reconsider its decision, and for the .UN., Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to oppose the measure.

- Security ramifications -

And it said that if the U.S. does not roll back the move, this "will push Iraq to take policies and decisions commensurate with the preservation of its interests."

"We are against this stance from the new administration," lawmaker Sadiq al-Laban told AFP.

"We hope that the American administration will rethink... this decision," he added.

Trump's decision led to the detention of incoming refugees at U.S. airports, sparking protests, legal challenges and widespread condemnation from rights groups.

The parliamentary vote came a day after its foreign affairs committee made a similar call for Iraq to respond in kind to the U.S. measure.

Hassan Shwairid, the deputy head of the committee, said the committee's call did not apply to the thousands of American military personnel in the country as part of the US-led coalition against IS.

But U.S. senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham said Trump's ban could impact military cooperation and security in other ways.

"This executive order bans Iraqi pilots from coming to military bases in Arizona," where they have received training, they said in a joint statement.

"Ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism."

The Hashed al-Shaabi, a powerful paramilitary umbrella organization that includes Iran-backed Shiite militias that fought against American forces in past years, appealed Sunday for U.S. citizens to be banned from the country.

Both units from the Hashed and American troops are deployed in the Mosul area as part of the operation to retake the city from IS, and heightened anti-U.S. sentiment among militiamen could increase the danger to Washington's forces.

Trump's travel restrictions also drew condemnation from populist Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, America's bete noir for much of its 2003-2011 war in Iraq.

"Get your nationals out before removing expatriates," said Sadr, scion of a powerful clerical family who rose to widespread fame due to his condemnation of and violent resistance to the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.

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Thumb Puppet over 3 years

The Iraqi parliament deserves every ounce of respect ( 1 ounce = 28.3495 grams ) for enacting a reciprocal travel ban on Americans if Washington does not withdraw its decision to bar the entry of Iraqis.

I could not write this without feeling sorry for the Americans queuing up at Iraqi embassies abroad begging for visas to enter Iraq.

Thumb enterprise over 3 years

hahahahaha!!!!

Thumb ex-fpm over 3 years

puppet, you are so funny;)!

Thumb Southern...... over 3 years

as tourists or workers, they do not queue up to enter Iraq but as traders and business opportunity seekers, they do!

learn here, instead of making fun of yourself.

http://2016.export.gov/iraq/doingbusinessiniraq/index.asp

Missing ArabDemocrat.com over 3 years

How about the thousands of American troops helping the Iraqi army fight Isis? Oh wait! This ban applies only to American civilians and military personnel

Thumb eagledawn over 3 years

When Southern takes a road, the road ends but the Southern continues>>>>>>>>> and falls off the cliff.

Missing ArabDemocrat.com over 3 years

Southern - will you ever make sense .... Do you really expect anyone to take you seriously.

Thumb justin over 3 years

southern, did you by any chance read the article?

"Iraq Parliament Votes in Favor of Travel Ban on U.S."

Thumb Southern...... over 3 years

it does make sense, but according to your biased mentally, not.... therefore it's your problem.

Thumb Southern...... over 3 years

unlike you all, who spread the forum with biased statements and lies, i give my opinion, so it's not a question of interpretation... i repeat: i suppose the Iraqi govt will get rid of them soon, as ISIS is melting.... since they are only good at raping and looting.

your case is worrying!

Missing ArabDemocrat.com over 3 years

Southern ... Despite many reservations vis Obama, every Lebanese, Syrian and Iraqi should kiss his feet's because without him Isis would have taken over those countries. Was it not for the US airforce and Marines assiting Kurds and Iraqi army, Isis would have by now occupied at least all of northern and central Iraq, much or all of Lebanon. It is more likely though they would have conquered all of Syria and likely Lebanon. The US Marines are the world most professional and potent armed force in the world and despite some individual actions, they are far and above the collection of sectarian militias recruited by Iran or the murderous gangs of Assad. Have some decency once in your life to utter the truth

Missing ArabDemocrat.com over 3 years

Funny that even in regime circles, they refer to militias supporting the regime as affashin عفاشين because all what they do is loot. Isis without US support was about to take all of Kurdistan and all of central Iraq. We know these are opinions you are expressing which has no connection to reality. What we are giving you are facts.

Thumb Southern...... over 3 years

Wow! Arab Democrat calls himself!!!! defending a criminal country like Usa and a criminal institution like the marines and praise them!

the only guilty for bringing those terrorists to middle east is America, which converted the region intio a fireball, all that is to please the zionist lobby which acts on behalf of Israel... change your name and your mentality too.

Thumb Southern...... over 3 years

read this and stop spewing nonsense!

http://www.globalresearch.ca/america-created-al-qaeda-and-the-isis-terror-group/5402881

Missing ArabDemocrat.com over 3 years

Southern ... It is clear where you get your info from. Yet another link with zero credibility. I need not defend the US or the marines. The US, despite its many flaws, is a democratic government where people can protest and not a criminal family enterprise (and yes that applies to every other arab country) like Syria or sectarian militias like iraq or a theocratic dictatorship like Iran. It is why we see Lebanese, Syrians, Iraqis, and Iranians wanting to immigrate to the US. When was the last time you saw people wanting willingly to immigrate to Iran? We would be lucky to have a system of governance as good as the US. As for the marines, this is not my opinion, it is the opinion of every sane person in the world. This is the most potent fighting force in the world. In addition, it is far more professional than any of the militias and armies you support. For god sake, you support a group of mass murderers.

Thumb ashtah over 3 years

the article should have read" Iranian parliament in Iraq".

regar

Thumb ashtah over 3 years

*regardless, it is pitiful and funny.

Thumb norma-jean over 3 years

Cutie;

Jannah's Houthian ex-husband was arrested in New York Yesterday. He is Houthian Iraqian and was on his way to Hollywood to star in a horror movie.

Homeland Security contacted Jannah last night asking for reference. She told them to keep him locked up and to torture him for all the evil he had done in his life.

Thumb marcus over 3 years

This travel ban should include shia iranian terrorists from Lebanon too. I understand it is coming soon. Thank you President Trump.

Thumb marcus over 3 years

Iraq was independent before the Americans invaded and now it is not. I believe you mean the shia of iraq owe the USA a lot for giving them control of Iraq.

Thumb eagledawn over 3 years

دعا وزير خارجية النظام السوري وليد المعلم اللاجئين السوريين الى العودة الى بلادهم، من دون التطرق الى قرار الرئيس الاميركي دونالد ترامب المثير للجدل بمنعهم، الى جانب مواطنين من دول اخرى، من دخول الولايات المتحدة.ونقلت وكالة الانباء السورية الرسمية (سانا): “جدد المعلم دعوة الحكومة السورية اللاجئين السوريين في الدول المجاورة الى العودة لبلدهم”، مؤكدا “استعدادها لاستقبالهم وتأمين متطلبات الحياة”.

Great, this means the infrastructure is now ready for them and they don't have to cross into Iran through ISIS infested Iraq and @flametroller should have no more iranian excuses.

Missing ArabDemocrat.com over 3 years

The man is a liar. They still are prevented from going back to western Qalamoun, Qusair and Homs - all areas solidly under the regime control and its allied militia

Thumb eagledawn over 3 years

@Democrat

we know he is liar and the majority of these refugees will never be allowed to go back into Syria as we know it. There is a clear intentional demographic and 'ethnic' cleansing going on in Syria. it's just the iranian flametroller keeps giving excuses for the regime and his hizb of terror.

Thumb eagledawn over 3 years

texas, they already did ban Americans in reciprocity:) Yesterday

Thumb justin over 3 years

i did not understand much from your comment but i recognized 'Ya akzaba nas' so I immediately voted you up:)

Thumb barrymore over 3 years

looool

Thumb liberty over 3 years

we have a very sensitive devil worshipper tonight.

Thumb whyaskwhy over 3 years

bummer that really hurts looooool

Thumb Elemental over 3 years

Funny how you use the Pavlov line I do flametroller, your bell is ringing.

Thumb habib over 3 years

Yes gigantic me to

Thumb habib over 3 years

Yes giga