The U.S. State Department has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees from Iraq, both at the embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Erbil.
This is coming out the shadows of soaring tensions between the U.S. & Iran, ambiguous U.S. claims that Iranian proxies planning to target U.S. interests somewhere in the region. Earlier this week the U.S. warned individuals to stay away from Iraq and “to keep a low profile”.
The same day the U.S. proposed sending 120,000 troops to the area if Iran attacks American forces or try to enhance their nuclear capabilities. If you remember recently the U.S. ordered B-52 bombers and the USS Abraham Lincoln to the Arabian Gulf.
Here is what the US State Department is now asking from all non-essential US government personnel in Iraq:
• Depart Iraq by commercial transportation as soon as possible
• Avoid U.S. facilities within Iraq
• Remain aware of surroundings
There will be more to come on this story as things develop. They don’t want to mess with Trump.
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