Trump Ban Iraq

Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)Members of the Iraqi forces react as they watch Donald Trump giving a speech after he won the US president elections.

Rukmini Callimachi, the ISIS and al Qaeda correspondent for The New York Times, has been getting a lot of the same question during her current trip to Mosul.

“Everywhere I go, Iraqis want to ask about the visa ban,” she recently tweeted from the territory that is now under Iraqi control (and is apparently doing surprisingly well).

Callimachi’s reporting suggests that the confusion surrounding Donald Trump’s January 30th executive order, which banned travel from seven Muslim majority countries including Iraq, is not confined to the United States.

There is one group of people, however, who seem to know exactly what to think of the policy.

A resident of Western Mosul, where ISIS is still in control, told Callimachi’s translator that the extremist group “has been openly celebrating the ban.”

They even have a nickname for it: The Blessed Ban.

“Why are they calling it a “Blessed Ban,” Callimachi tweeted on Feb. 8. “Because ISIS sees this as *their* doing. They succeeded in scaring the daylight out of America.”

Callimachi’s source reportedly told her that ISIS sees Trump’s ban as evidence that their strategy of instilling fear through propaganda and terror worked. “They frightened the most powerful man in the world.”

Though ISIS does not allow people under their rule to have phones, Callimachi’s source had hidden his and was able to call at 2 am.

This reaction from ISIS is reminiscent of the happiness the group expressed at Trump’s election.

The reports from Callimachi’s source suggest the group expected policies such as this one to be enacted.

“And they are celebrating, he says, because it proves to their followers that America really does ‘hate’ Islam.”

Even Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham could have predicted this would be the reaction from America’s enemies.

“Our most important allies in the fight against ISIL are the vast majority of Muslims who reject its apocalyptic ideology of hatred,” the Senators explained in a joint statement.

“This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country. That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.”

Callimachi went on to report that all of the people who have been affected by the ban are the ones who had were fleeing ISIS or had been working with Americans to defeat ISIS.


Next, read about why Christian leaders opposed Trump’s ban. Then, check out which former Soviet leader fears the “World is preparing for war.”

Annie Garau
Annie is a NYC-based writer. For tips, write to annie@pbh-network.com.
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