Britons with dual nationality or who have visited Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan in the past five years will no longer be able to travel to the US without getting a visa in advance under strict new rules signed into law by President Barack Obama.

As of 2016, citizens of more than 38 countries who are either dual Iraqi, Sudanese, Syrian or Iranian nationals or have stamps from those four states in their passports will have to apply for a visa to the US. This includes Iraqi Kurds or those who have visited the Kurdish region of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) confirmed.

The new rules are a response to recent terrorist atrocities including the Paris attacks and the San Bernardino shooting, when a radicalised American couple killed 14 people and wounded 22. Neither of the killers were dual citizens but the attack raised fears of further terrorist attacks on US soil as well as European jihadis travelling to the US to carry out attacks.

But it also comes against a backdrop of anti-Muslim rhetoric including calls by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to ban all Muslims from America.

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