USA evacuates embassy staff from Iraq over ‘imminent’ Iran threat

USA evacuates embassy staff from Iraq over ‘imminent’ Iran threat

His visit came after Washington announced the deployment of an aircraft-carrier battle group and a bomber task force to the Middle East, which USA official said was in response to threats from Iran to the interests of the United States or its allies in the region. "The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq", the statement said. Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel said that U.S. forces were present at the camp during the attack.

The United States announced May 5 that it is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East to send a clear message to Iran that any attack on USA interests or its allies will be met with "unrelenting force", according to U.S. national security adviser John Bolton.

But allies have expressed caution in public and alarm in private, challenging USA claims of a rising threat level, and, at times, raising concerns that the diplomatic spat is being politicized by the Trump administration.

Separately, Iran's foreign minister said sanctions imposed by the Trump administration are "unacceptable" but added that his country is committed to an worldwide nuclear deal that has steadily unraveled amid rising tensions.

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 U.S. interests in Iraq through its proxies in the country.

Both the United States and Iran stated they don't want war, but the IRGC commander said on May 15 that it was "on the cusp of a full-scale confrontation with the enemy", the Iranian Fars news agency reported. Basra is in the south-east of Iraq, next to the Iran border.

Iraq's status as an area of shared influence between Iran and the United States leaves the country's leaders with few options.

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Azari added that Asaib Ahl al-Haq, which is a close ally of Tehran, will confront any attempt to attack Iraq's neighbors from Iraqi soil "with all possible means".

Opponents of Trump say that hardliners led by national security advisor John Bolton, who has long advocated toppling the Iranian government, are pushing the country into war.

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 U.S. forces.

Britain's Major General Chris Ghika, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the coalition fighting the jihadist Islamic State group, said Tuesday there was no special heightened alert.

Last week, Iran notified non-U.S. signatories of the nuclear deal-China, France, Germany, Russia, and the UK-of its decision to halt some commitments under the nuclear deal.

Iran subsequently designated all U.S. troops as "terrorists", effectively making them a potential target. They have also told reporters that further military action is on the table.

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