Iraq parliament backs tit-for-tat retaliation against Americans after Trump Muslim crackdown

Donald Trump's travel ban has prompted a furious response

Iraq's Parliament has approved retaliation against Donald Trump's travel ban

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Iraqi Parliament has approved a 'reciprocity measure' urging the country's government to retaliate against Donald Trump's Muslim ban.

The decision comes just days after Mr Trump signed an executive order suspending the visas of travellers from Iraq and six other Muslim countries.

The order also bans Syrian refugees completely and suspends America's refugee programme.

Trump's decision has sparked widespread protests in Iraq, which is still racked by instability 14 years after the US invasion of the country. More than 5,000 US troops are reportedly deployed in the country, helping to restore order and battle Islamic State.

A government official in Baghdad told Lebanon's Daily Star newspaper that Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari plans to meet the US ambassador either today (Monday) or tomorrow to register his disapproval at Mr Trump's order.