Baghdad Summons US Ambassador over Trump's Decision on Jerusalem

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2017

Iraq demanded on Thursday that the U.S. government backtrack on a decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and summoned the USA ambassador in Baghdad to protest the decision.

"The provocative and unwise decision by the USA. will provoke Muslims and inflame a new intifada and an escalation of radical, angry and violent behaviour", said the Iranian foreign ministry in a statement on its website.

"The Iraqi government received this news with the utmost worry and warns about this decision's ramifications on the stability of the region and the world", the Iraqi cabinet said in a statement.

"The decision by Trump on Al-Quds (Jerusalem) makes it legitimate to strike the American forces in Iraq", Al-Nojaba militia chief Akram al-Kaabi said in a statement.

There are more than 5,000 USA troops in Iraq, part of an global coalition providing air and ground support in Iraqi forces' fight against Islamic State militants.

Yesterday, US President, Donald trump is recognized as the capital of Israel is Jerusalem, not tel Aviv. It has more than 5,000 troops in Iraq.

The PMF is government sanctioned and formally reports to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office.

Reacting to Wednesday's Washington speech, hundreds of Palestinians burned United States and Israeli flags as well as pictures of Trump in the Gaza Strip, while small clashes erupted near the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron.

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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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