US troops may become targets after US Jerusalem decision - Iraqi paramilitary group

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Speaking at the Jerusalem Post diplomatic conference, Bennett said US President Donald Trump's decision regarding Jerusalem is proof that "Israel's strategic patience has paid off".

The US Ambassador was summoned to Iraq for making "protest" from the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Iraq, because of the unprecedented decision by trump, which he recognized Israel's capital Jerusalem.

"Trump's stupid decision to make Jerusalem a capital for the Zionist will be the big spark for removing this entity from the body of the Islamic nation, and a legitimate reason to target American forces", said the group's leader Akram al-Kaabi. It has more than 5,000 troops in Iraq.

The group, established in 2013 and supported by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, numbers around 1,500 fighters and is part of the Popular Mobilization Forces.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday that Iraq is opposed to the U.S. move, warning that such a decision would negatively affect Middle East stability.

Trump's move to end decades of careful United States policy has sparked a storm of condemnation around the globe, both from Washington's traditional allies and its global foes.

When asked if Trump's move could jeopardize the peace process with the Palestinians, Bennett said the move is, in fact, "a step toward peace".

Israel seized the largely Arab eastern sector of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, claiming both sides of the city as its capital.

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.