Pentagon making list of Iraqis who worked alongside U.S. forces after travel ban
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon was developing a number of Iraqis who had worked alongside U.S. troops, which is passed to agencies implementing President Donald Trump's executive order restricting entry for people from Iraq and six other Muslim-majority countries, a spokesman said on Monday.
A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis, asserted over the weekend the White House had "provided the opportunity" to submit names.
"There are many of people in Iraq who’ve helped us in the partnership role, whether fighting alongside us or doing its job as translators, often the process at great peril to themselves," Davis told reporters.
"We’re making certain that all who have demonstrated their commitment tangibly to combat alongside us and support us, that runners names are known in whatever process there exists in the years ahead," he added.
It was unclear if the list is complete and in what ways many names may well include.
Trump's order suspending travel, that he or she signed on Friday, sparked anger in Iraq, where greater than 5,000 U.S. troops are deployed that will help Iraqi and regional Kurdish forces in the war against the Islamic State militant group.
Iraq asked america on Monday to reconsider the travel ban on its citizens, going for a more diplomatic line versus the Iraqi parliament, which demanded the us govenment retaliate.
The Iraqi parliament called around the government to impose "similar treatment" on U.S. nationals.