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Pentagon Compiles List of Iraqis Who Helped US

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Posted at 3:16 PM, Jan 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-30 15:16:00-05

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is compiling the names of Iraqis who've supported U.S. and coalition personnel to help exempt them from President Donald Trump's decision to temporarily halt immigration from that Muslim-majority nation and six others.

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, says the White House over the weekend gave the department the opportunity to submit names. He wouldn't say if the Pentagon requested the change or if the White House did. He says the list would be used to inform immigration decisions.

Davis said Monday the list will include those who have tangibly demonstrated their commitment to supporting U.S. forces. It will include several categories of people, such as translators, drivers and Iraqi forces who may be training in the U.S.