January 29, 2017 / 8:50 AM / 3 years ago

Iraq Shi'ite paramilitary calls for ban on U.S. nationals

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq’s Popular Mobilization on Sunday called on the Iraqi government to ban U.S. nationals from entering Iraq and to expel those who are already in the country, in a reaction to the new U.S. travel curbs on Iraqis.

Popular Mobilization is mainly a coalition of Shi’ite paramilitary groups armed and trained by Iran to fight Islamic State. It became an Iraqi government-approved body last year.

The call to ban U.S. nationals came in a statement published by its spokesman, Ahmed al-Assadi.

Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; writing by Maher Chmaytelli; editing by Larry King

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