The U.S. State Department has ordered all non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy and consulate in Iraq to leave the country amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
The announcement was made in a security alert on its website early Wednesday morning. The alert also said that normal visa services would be temporarily suspended.
The move also coincided with Germany’s decision on Tuesday to suspend training of Iraqi soldiers due to tensions in the region, though the government indicated no specific threats to its own troops.
German Defense Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff says that Germany is “orienting itself toward our partner countries, which have taken this step.”
Trump warned Iran that it will “suffer greatly” if the country does “anything” in the form of an attack.
A remark that came in the wake of revelations that U.S. military experts suggested “Iran or its proxies” damaged four commercial ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sunday.
This also came just days before the Iranian regime warned it easily could destroy a naval fleet sent by the United States in order to ward off a potential threat to U.S. commercial interests.
Last week, U.S. officials said urgent “credible threats” from Iran against Americans were detected and the embassy advised against all travel to the region, citing “heightened tensions.”
Washington has sent additional military forces to the Middle East, including an aircraft carrier, B-52 bombers and Patriot missiles in a show of force against what U.S. officials have said is the Iranian threat to its troops and interests in the region.
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