Published:  12:19 AM, 08 December 2017

Iraq demands US backtrack on Jerusalem

Iraq demanded on Thursday that the US government backtrack on a decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital to avoid fuelling terrorism, and a prominent Iraqi militia said the decision was a reason to attack US troops.

President Donald Trump reversed decades of US policy on Wednesday and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, imperiling Middle East peace efforts and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies alike.

"We caution against the dangerous repercussions of this decision on the stability of the region and the world," an Iraqi government statement said.

-Reuters, Baghdad

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