The United States has called back its non-emergency staff from Iraq and ordered them to immediately leave the country amid US-Iran mounting strains. The US state department issued the orders of leaving to employees, deployed in Baghdad embassy and Irbil consulate.
According to the US military, Iran-backed powers has increased the threat level in the region for which the US called its non-emergency staff back. However, a British general dismissed the US claims of threat. Meanwhile, Chris Ghika, an official from global coalition also described the safety measures to protect US forces as ‘satisfactory’. He further clarified that they are monitoring Iran-backed forces in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, a spokesperson from the US military has discarded Gen Ghika’s remarks and reported that US intelligence has identified believable threats to US forces in the region.
German has announced the suspension of 160 troops training in Iraq. A media source earlier quoted Mike Pompeo instructions to Iraqi commanders which stated that intelligence services have found out Iran-backed fighters fixing rockets near bases of US forces, a threat to the non-emergency staff of US. The source also said that the US has warned to take action for its self-defense if attacked in Iraqi soil. Prime Minister of Iraq Adel Abdul Mahdi has refused that they didn’t detect any movement or threat. Trained paramilitary forces have struggled hard to defeat IS in Iraq.
US intelligence services believe that Iran has backed the attack on four tankers at the United Arab Emirates. Investigators discovered large holes in tanker’s hulls but failed to provide evidence which linked it to Iran. Washington has repeatedly insisted on the buildup of militia based on Pompeo’s comments.
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