Iraq demands United States backtrack on Jerusalem, summons ambassador

Iraq demands United States backtrack on Jerusalem, summons ambassador

Iraq demands United States backtrack on Jerusalem, summons ambassador

The State Department issued a "Worldwide Caution" as President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE announced the USA would begin recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Terming the U.S. decision "naive" and "dangerous" for worldwide peace, the separatists said these unilateral and anti-Muslim decisions were bound to deteriorate and damage the already fragile peace and tranquillity of the world.

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

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The Iran-backed Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba said Trump's decision could become a "legitimate reason" to attack USA forces in Iraq.

"The US administration has to backtrack on this decision to stop any risky escalation that would fuel extremism and create conditions favorable to terrorism", it said.

The US, which is leading a large-scale operation against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Iraq, has about 5,200 troops in the country, according to the latest statement from the US Defense Department. 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.

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The PMF is government sanctioned and formally reports to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office. The president admitted the move will cause dissent, but says it could help resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.

While it's unclear what the long-term effects will be, Bethlehem saw violent protests that included Palestinians throwing rocks at Israeli troops shortly after Trump's announcement, the Daily Mail reported.

Protest and skirmishes erupted on Thursday in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip where the Palestinian Authority has called for general strikes.

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Palestinian have demanded that part of Jerusalem be set aside as their capital and the global community has traditionally view Tel Aviv as the capital of Israel.

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