U.S. Orders 'Nonemergency' Government Employees To Leave Iraq

US forces in Iraq and Syria on high alert for possible 'imminent threat'

Sa'dullah Zare'i, a hardliner analysts wrote in an article for the Kayhan newspaper, affiliated with the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Monday 13 May that Iran should "impose a cost on the United States so that America's economic war would not be unilateral" any longer.

Lawmakers from both parties in Congress demanded more information on the White House's claims of rising threats in the Middle East, warning President Donald Trump off a unsafe escalation with Iran.

Khamenei said: "Achieving 20% enrichment is the most hard part".

"We exercise maximum restraint in spite of the fact the United States withdrew", Mr Zarif said as he met his Japanese counterpart, Mr Taro Kono, in Tokyo.

Anwar Gargash, the minister of foreign affairs for the United Arab Emirates, told reporters in Dubai that the Saudi-led coalition will "retaliate hard" for attacks on civilian targets, without elaborating.

Iran responded to United States measures threatening to resume high-level enrichment of uranium, "the most risky activity stopped by the nuclear deal that Mr. Trump unwisely scrapped", the editorial board said in the article.

"We have to avoid any war with Iran", she told fellow Democrats in a meeting, according to a person in the room who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss comments from the private gathering. That included two pumping stations along its critical East-West Pipeline, which can carry almost 5 million barrels of crude a day to the Red Sea.

Theodore Karasik, a senior adviser with Washington-based Gulf State Analytics, said it was not unusual for the UAE and Saudi Arabia to keep quiet about policies they support. A fire also caused minor damage to one pumping station, it said, adding that Saudi Aramco's oil and gas supplies were not affected. Netanyahu made his plea Tuesday, during an event marking the one-year anniversary of Israel's U.S. Embassy moving to Jerusalem.

Employees were ordered to "depart Iraq by commercial transportation as soon as possible" and avoid US facilities in Iraq, according to the statement.

The alert, published on the embassy's website, comes after Washington last week said it had detected new and urgent threats from Iran and its proxy forces in the region targeting Americans and American interests.

That contradicts what British Maj.

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday ordered the departure of "non-emergency government employees" from Iraq, the U.S. embassy in Baghdad said in a statement.

Germany and the Netherlands said on Wednesday they were suspending military training in Iraq as the U.S. warned of increased threats from Iran-backed forces amid an escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran.

On Wednesday, Reuters news agency cited Iraqi security sources as saying that during a visit to Iraq earlier this month US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had told Iraqi commanders that intelligence showed Iran-backed paramilitary fighters were positioning rockets near bases housing US troops.

Flosdorff said training may well resume in the next days and there was "no concrete threat" at the moment.

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