Iraq: the US is preparing to withdraw?

US in Iraq
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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The US State Department has ordered the departure of non-essential diplomatic personnel from Iraq following Washington’s repeated concerns over alleged threats by Iran’s allies in the Arab country.

The State Department on Wednesday ordered the departure of Iraqi government officials employed in the non-emergency services of the US embassy in Baghdad and the US consulate in Erbil.

“Normal visa services for both positions will be temporarily suspended,” was announced by US diplomacy who recommended that those concerned “take a commercial flight as soon as possible”.

“The US government has limited the provision of emergency services to US citizens in Iraq,” said the statement from the US embassy in Baghdad.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went on a surprise visit last week to Iraq to warn Iraqi leaders of “escalation of Iran’s activities” at home.

However, the British general in charge of overseeing the so-called US-led coalition forces in Syria and Iraq said there had been “no increased threat from Iran” and this while there has been a strengthening of US military presence in the region.

British Major-General Chris Ghika told a Pentagon press conference on Tuesday that the coalition had found “no increased threat from Iran-backed forces” in the two countries, Syria and Syria. Iraq.

The coalition has observed “no change in their stance since the recent exchange between the United States and Iran, and we hope it will continue, we do not see any increased threat from them at this stage,” Ghika told reporters.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Tuesday that his talks with the United States and Iran indicated that “things will end well,” despite rhetoric.

The Trump administration has increased the economic and military pressure on Iran.

The United States has deployed a carrier battle group and an operational bomber force in the Middle East to deal with what the Trump government sees as “clear indications” of a threat coming from Iran.


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