Iraq lodges complaint with United States over Israel embassy move

Iraq lodges complaint with United States over Israel embassy move

The US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital may become a "legitimate reason" to attack American troops in Iraq, Shia paramilitary group Harakat Hezbollah al Nujaba said.

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said it had summoned the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad and that it would hand him a memo protesting Trump's decision.

Iraqi Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmad Mahjoub announced that the ministry has summoned the United States ambassador in Baghdad, Douglas Silliman, and handed him a memo protesting the decision by Trump.

"The last time the @statedept issued a "Worldwide Caution" because of a United States policy decision was March 2003 at the start of the Iraq war", he said on Twitter.

Dozens of Iraqis protested the decision in Baghdad vowing to return in greater numbers the following day after Friday prayers.

There are more than 5,000 USA troops in Iraq, part of an worldwide coalition providing air and ground support in Iraqi forces' fight against Islamic State militants.

Nujaba, mostly made up of Iraqis, has about 10,000 fighters, according to Reuters data. The PMF is government sanctioned and formally reports to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's office.

Trump's defiant move - fulfilling a pledge made during his 2016 presidential campaign - ends seven decades of United States ambiguity on the status of the Holy City, which is vociferously claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians.

He did say that the Palestinian protests are concerning, but said that once emotions die down he believes there will be a better chance to negotiate between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

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