BREAKING: State Department orders non-essential staff to leave Iraq amid escalating tensions with Iran
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The U.S. military put its forces in Iraq on high alert and the State Department ordered all non-emergency employees Wednesday to leave the country immediately amid escalating tensions with Iran. It comes as some U.S. allies have expressed skepticism about the Trump administration’s claims that Iran poses a growing threat.
Navy Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman at the U.S. military’s Central Command, said in a statement that there were “possibly imminent threats to U.S. forces in Iraq” as he sought to clarify contradictory remarks by a British commander on Tuesday.
The article goes on to state the following:
In Baghdad, the U.S. Embassy published a statement Wednesday saying the State Department mandated that all non-emergency government staff leave the country after Washington last week said it detected new and urgent “credible” threats from Iran and its proxy forces in the region targeting Americans and U.S. interests.
#Iraq Alert: The U.S. State Department has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. employees from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil. U.S. citizens should depart Iraq by commercial transportation as soon as possible. https://t.co/aGf1yNiL6Q pic.twitter.com/v7NzTp8i6g
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) May 15, 2019
BREAKING: U.S. Embassy in Iraq says the State Department has ordered all non-emergency government staff to leave Iraq right away.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 15, 2019
US State Department notice that it is pulling non-emergency staff from Baghdad & Erbil. Statement comes against background of soaring tensions between US & Iran, ambiguous US claims that Iranian proxies planning to target US interests somewhere in region: https://t.co/WSMF5E3Isk
— Louisa Loveluck (@leloveluck) May 15, 2019
The State Department ordered all non-essential government employees to leave Iraq right away. https://t.co/HgyKqLB7je
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 15, 2019
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