US orders embassy staff from Iraq over 'imminent' Iran threat

US orders embassy staff from Iraq over 'imminent' Iran threatThe US government ordered evacuation of non-emergency staff from its Baghdad embassy Wednesday due to an “imminent” threat from Iranian-linked Iraqi militias, but President Donald Trump predicted that Iran would “soon” want to start talks. The evacuation order, also covering the US consulate in Arbil, came 10 days after the Pentagon deployed an aircraft carrier task force and B-52 bombers to the Gulf to fend off an unspecified plot by Tehran to attack US forces or allies. Washington and Tehran have said they have no intention of going to war, but tensions have soared in recent weeks and Trump’s critics say he is rushing into a conflict.

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May 16, 2019 1:02 am

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