Iraqi PM will not retaliate after Trump imposes travel ban
On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump temporarily banned entry to the U.S. for people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somaiia, Sudan and Yemen. All are predominantly Muslim countries.
|Iraqi president Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday that he will not initiate a retaliatory ban on Americans as neighboring Iran has already done. Al-Abadi said he does not want to lose cooperation from Washington in the fight against the Islamic State. When he was asked at a news conference if he would act on a parliamentary motion that favored retaliation, Abadi said: "We will not do anything of the sort. We are studying (possible) decisions but we are in a battle and we don't want to harm the national interest." The U.S. and coalition partners are providing critical air and ground support for Iraqi troops fighting against the Islamic State which in 2014 overran almost a third of Iraq. The are more than 5,000 US troops in Iraq.|