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US State Department orders all non-essential government personnel to leave Iraq

16 May 2019

Pompeo, in the meantime, issued a similar comment while on a visit to the Russian city of Sochi on Tuesday, stating that the U.S. "fundamentally doesn't seek a war with Iran". They were formally incorporated into the Iraqi security forces past year, but continue to operate semi-independently.

Sen. Mitt Romney rejected suggestions that President Donald Trump was eyeing a war with Iran after reports that the White House was considering sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran escalates its nuclear weapons program or attacks USA soldiers or interests.

President Donald Trump has ratcheted up sanctions on Iran since he withdrew the United States from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and global powers under which Tehran curbed its uranium enrichment capacity, and won sanctions relief in return.

"So far we notice the continued escalation of tensions around this subject", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, a day after Pompeo met with President Vladimir Putin. If not, the United States would respond with force.

Pelosi told her colleagues the USA has to "avoid any war with Iran", according to a person in the room, who was granted anonymity to discuss the private caucus meeting. A USA official told Reuters late on Wednesday that the evacuation was complete.

The State Department has ordered all non-emergency staff stationed in Iraq to leave the country immediately as credible threats of attack from Iran continue.

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Gen. Chris Ghika, a senior officer in the USA -backed coalition fighting the Islamic State group, said Tuesday, insisting "there's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria".

In this Friday, May 10, 2019 photo released by the U.S. Navy, logistics specialists attach cargo to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf.

It was unclear how many were affected, and there was no word on any specific threat.

The attack on the tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, through which one-fifth of the world's oil consumption flows, appeared created to test the resolve of the USA and its Sunni Muslim allies without triggering a war, analysts said.

The travel advisory specifically orders the departure of employees at the US embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Erbil, noting that "normal visa services will be temporarily suspended at both posts".

The Dutch defence ministry said Dutch soldiers had also suspended their training mission due to an unspecified threat, local media reported.

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"This is a pin-prick event, a little needle-like jab at the maritime trade going into the Strait of Hormuz", said Gerry Northwood, chairman of risk management and security firm MAST.

Iraq is one of few countries with close ties to both the U.S. and Iran.

"I'm sure that Iran will want to talk soon", he tweeted.

Illustrative photo of the United States embassy under construction as seen from across the Tigris river in Baghdad, Iraq, May 19, 2007.

The US, which had a large troop presence in Iraq from 2003-2011 after invading to topple dictator Saddam Hussein, sent troops back there in 2014 to help fight ISIS.

The move to close the Basra embassy was attributed to a greater threat from Iran and Iran-backed militias.

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The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee also warned the administration against any action without approval from lawmakers.

US State Department orders all non-essential government personnel to leave Iraq