>> Mounting anger in Iraq over the US travel ban. The country's parliament voting Monday to demand its government retaliate against the restrictions imposed by new US President Donald Trump. Lawmakers also proving a reciprocity measure, which would impose a similar ban on US citizens entering Iraq.>>
>> In an executive order signed Friday, Trump banned immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. But Iraq's foreign office is keeping its response diplomatic for now. In a statement, the foreign ministry said, it is necessary that the new American administration reconsider this wrong decision.
We affirm Iraq's desire to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries. It's unclear if the dispute will affect cooperation between the two countries in the battle against Islamic State. The US has more than 5,000 troops in country to help Iraqi and Kurdish forces. Meanwhile, over 700 Iraqis, many of them interpreters for the US military, have resettled in the United States under the Special Immigrant Visa program since 2008, while another 500 or so are still being processed, according to the US State Department.
The International Refugee Assistance Project says a further 58,000 Iraqis are awaiting interviews to approve immigration to the United States.