Donald Trump has signed an executive order banning immigration from seven terror-prone countries
The new US President has imposed a controversial 90-day ban on travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Why is Donald Trump banning travel from these seven countries?
Mr Trump has said that the seven affected countries were identified by Barack Obama’s administration as “sources of terror”.
He said: “To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion — this is about terror and keeping our country safe.”
Nevertheless his travel ban evolved out of an earlier proposal to ban Muslims from America in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack in 2015.
London’s first Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan has argued that the ban will backfire as a recruiting sergeant for ISIS and other terrorists around the world.
Republican US Senator John McCain has also warned that the immigration ban will probably “give ISIS more propaganda” in some areas.
During Mr Obama’s time in office, he placed limited restrictions on certain travellers who had visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
Donald Trump has banned immigration from these seven countries
Why has Trump banned immigration from Syria and Iraq?
The bloody war in Syria has allowed ISIS to seize large swathes of land stretching from central Iraq to northern Syria.
On the campaign trail, Mr Trump vowed to “bomb the hell” out of ISIS and promised to end “radical Islamic terrorism” around the world.
Brutal fighting and civil war have ripped Syria apart over the past six years, forcing millions of refugees to flee the country.
More than 400,000 people had been killed during the conflict by April 2016, according to an estimate cited by a UN envoy.
Iraq remains engulfed in political instability as it struggles to recover from the US invasion to topple Saddam Hussein in 2003.
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Why has Trump banned immigration from Iran?
Iran has long been hostile towards the US and immediately banned American travellers in response to Mr Trump’s travel ban.
During Mr Obama’s time in office, relations between the countries thawed and sanctions were lifted following a nuclear deal with Iran.
But Mr Trump has branded it "the worst deal ever negotiated" and told Americans that he will either rip the deal up or seek a better agreement.
Why has Trump banned immigration from Yemen?
Mr Trump’s first counterterrorism operation was a firefight with Qaeda militants in central Yemen. The US is engaged in a shadow war against Al Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate.
Yemen's civil war broke out more than two years ago between those allied to the Houthi rebel movement and forces loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.
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Why has Trump banned immigration from Somalia?
Islamist militant group al-Shabab is battling Somalia’s fragile UN-backed Government and has carried out terror attacks in Kenya.
The Somali terrorist organisation wants to turn war-torn Somalia into a fundamentalist Islamic state.
Why has Trump banned immigration from Libya?
ISIS terrorists have managed to gain a foothold in the Libya and even founded a stronghold in the coastal city of Sirte – Gaddafi's hometown.
The Islamic militants were expelled from Sirte in December but the US is still waging war against ISIS terrorists in Libya.
Why has Trump banned immigration from Sudan?
Sudan has long been ravaged by conflict with two rounds of north-south civil wars killing an estimated 1.5 million people.
Ongoing conflict in the western region of Darfur has killed more than 200,000 and forced millions more to flee their homes.