Iraq demands US backtrack on Jerusalem, summons ambassador

Evarado Alatorre
Diciembre 8, 2017

Matt Lee, a diplomatic reporter for the Associated Press, noted on Twitter that such a warning was last issued in 2003 after the start of the Iraq War when the State Department believed an attack against USA citizens by al-Qaida was imminent.

The separatists have called for peaceful protests after the Friday prayers tomorrow against the decision of US President Donald Trump, recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"We recommend that USA citizens take into consideration these restrictions and the additional guidance contained in the Department of State's travel warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza when making decisions regarding their travel".

"We caution against the unsafe repercussions of this decision on the stability of the region and the world", an Iraqi government statement said. "The US administration has to backtrack on this decision to stop any unsafe escalation that would fuel extremism and create conditions favorable to terrorism".

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A U.S. soldier with an Iraqi trainee during infantry squad tactical training at Camp Taji, Iraq. Though made up of Iraqis, it is loyal to Iran and is helping Tehran create a supply route through Iraq to Damascus. Being a part of the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the group is considered to be one of the most important militias in Iraq.

Trump's defiant move - fulfilling a pledge made during his 2016 presidential campaign - ends seven decades of USA ambiguity on the status of the Holy City, which is vociferously claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians.

Protest and skirmishes erupted on Thursday in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip where the Palestinian Authority has called for general strikes. As other regional crises like the Arab Spring, ISIS, and the Syrian civil war have taken center stage, the fight for a Palestinian state has not continued to be as powerful a rallying cry as it once was.

Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

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