The State Department of the United States ordered all non-emergency staff for leaving its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Arbil, as tensions rise between the United States and Iraq’s neighbor Iran.
Washington has raged pressure on Tehran in recent days, charging Iran for planning “ imminent” attacks in the area, strengthening the American military presence in the Gulf.
A travel advisory alerted, “numerous terrorist and insurgent groups are active in Iraq and regularly attack both Iraqi security forces and civilians ”.
He also alerted, “ Anti-US sectarian militias may also threaten US citizens and Western companies throughout Iraq.”
Last year the United States close its consulate in the protest-hit Southern Iraqi city of Basra, charging “ indirect fire ” by Iran-supported forces and alerting its rival of counterattack for any damage.
US State Secretary Mike Pompeo took a tour last week to Baghdad in a significant move to strengthen ties with Iraq as it forces before with its “ maximum pressure” against Tehran a US arch-rival, but an ally of Iraq. He informed the reporters that he had made the tour because Iranian forces are “ escalating their activity” and claimed that the attacks were very pointed.
US State President met with Iraq President Brahman Saleh and Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, and spoke to them about the importance of Iraq ensuring that it’s able to adequately protect Americans in their country.”
The Pentagon claimed it was dispatching several massive, nuclear-capable B-52s to the region in reply to “ recent and clear indications that Iranian and Iranian proxy forces were making preparations to possibly attack US forces.”
Both the US State Secretary Mike Pompeo and the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have this week presenting fears that their countries in the conflict.
But the National Security Advisor John Bolton alerted Iran that Washington would reply with “ unrelenting force ” to any kind of attack by Tehran, along with its regional allies.