U.S. Orders 'Nonemergency' Government Employees To Leave Iraq

A US Navy Aviation Maintenance Administrationman deployed to the Persian Gulf

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British, Netherlands and German forces in the global coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria downplayed the immediate threat from Iran. "The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq". "Neither we nor them (the US) seek war", he said.

These comments come as the USA recently sent an aircraft carrier and bomber groups to the Persian Gulf, allegedly to "counter Iranian threats".

Last week the Trump administration rushed military assets to the region in response to what it said were "credible threats"...

According to Abdul Mahdi, both Iran and the United States don't want to fight a war, and the struggle between the two is a complicated issue.

But he noted pointedly that German security agencies and intelligence services do not share the view that the threat of an Iranian military strike is escalating.

Tensions have sharply escalated between arch-rivals Washington and Tehran since US President Donald Trump withdrew last May from the 2015 worldwide Iran nuclear deal which removed sanctions in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear programme. "I'm sure that Iran will want to talk soon".

According to a BBC Arabic report, Pompeo handed over a memory stick to Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi containing evidence of Iran's plans to attack United States interests in Iraq through its proxies in the country. Basra is in the south-east of Iraq, next to the Iran border.

The United States keeps about 5,000 soldiers in Iraq, who have been helping Iraqi security forces fight ISIS terrorists. Arbil is the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital, in northern Iraq.

No specific details on the threat have been released, but claims of a rising threat of asymmetric warfare against soft targets are reported.

The Trump administration has accused Iran of supporting "imminent attacks" on USA personnel in the region and has used a burst of diplomacy and briefings to try to win support for an increasingly aggressive stance against Tehran.

The Pentagon said last week it was sending several massive, nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the region in response to indications of an alleged plan by "Iranian and Iranian proxy forces" to attack USA forces. Major General Christopher Ghika was speaking via video-link from Baghdad during a Pentagon news conference. One day later, Pompeo told CNBC that, in the event that Iran chose to target USA interests, "we are prepared to respond in an appropriate way".

Both Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Pompeo have this week played down fears that their countries were headed for conflict.

"Congress has not authorized war with Iran..." They have also told reporters that further military action is on the table.

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