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

After signing US President Donald Trump holds up the proclamation that the United States recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there during an address from the White House in Washington

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

"U.S. government facilities worldwide remain in a heightened state of alert", the warning reads.

US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel reflects the "best path for peace", and those demonstrating against it failed to listen properly to his speech, the US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, said Thursday.

Diplomatic staff in Israel meanwhile have been banned from traveling to the West Bank and Old City over Palestinian riots.

"In addition to concerns stemming from terrorism, travelers should be alert to the possibility of political unrest, violence, demonstrations, and criminal activities when traveling", it said, adding that USA government facilities are on a heightened state of alert".

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The State Department previously issued a travel warning for Israel on April 11, 2017.

The warning went on to urge American citizens to be aware of local developments and remain in contact with USA embassies or consulates. "We recommend that USA citizens take into consideration these restrictions and the additional guidance contained in the Department of State's travel warning for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza when making decisions regarding their travel".

He also proclaimed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

For that reason, he reiterated what was established on June 4, 1967, with the restoration of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

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"With today's decision, my Administration reaffirms its longstanding commitment to building a future of peace and security in the Middle East", Pres. Trump said. The move is expected to inflame tensions across the Middle East.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi people's militia, Harakat Hizbullah al-Nujaba, said in a statement that Donald Trump's decision could become a legitimate reason to attack US forces in Iraq.

A number of world powers, including Germany, Turkey, and Russian Federation, expressed grave concern over the Trump administration's decision. "We caution against the risky repercussions of this decision on the stability of the region and the world", a government statement reads.

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