The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that the “seriousness of the committed crimes” had been ignored by the White House and was in contradiction to the Trump administration's declared ‘commitment’ to human rights, justice and the rule of law.
The pardon, the statement added, did not take into account the “dignity of the victims and the feelings and rights of their relatives.”
Baghdad will urge Washington to reconsider the decision through diplomatic channels, the statement said.
On Tuesday, Trump issued pardons for four guards from the notorious US mercenary firm Blackwater who were serving jail sentences for killing 14 civilians in Baghdad’s crowded Nisour Square in 2007, a tragic incident that caused international uproar over the use of private contractors in war zones.
The four security guards – Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, Dustin Heard and Nicholas Slatten - worked for the now-defunct Blackwater Worldwide security firm, which had been contracted by the US State Department to provide protection for American diplomats in Iraq.