Fears of war with Iran as US orders staff out of Iraq immediately

Richard Hartley-Parkinson – Metro May 15, 2019

The US embassy in Iraq said the state department has ordered all non-essential, non-emergency government staff to leave the country right away amid escalating tensions with Iran.

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.

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No increased Iran threat in Syria or Iraq, top British officer says, contradicting US

The USS Abraham Lincoln is currently leading a carrier battle group sailing toward the Persian Gulf, in what the U.S. claims is a response to heightened threat levels from Iran and its proxies. Click to enlarge

Julien Borger – The Guardian May 15, 2019

The top British general in the US-led coalition against Isis has said there is no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq or Syria, directly contradicting US assertions used to justify a military buildup in the region.

Hours later however, his assessment was disowned by US Central Command in an extraordinary rebuke of an allied senior officer. A spokesman insisted that the troops in Iraq and Syria were on a high level of alert due to the alleged Iranian threat. The conflicting versions of the reality on the ground added to the confusion and mixed signals in a tense part of the Middle East.

Maj Gen Christopher Ghika, who is a deputy commander of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the coalition conducting counter-terrorist operations against Isis in Iraq and Syria, was repeatedly questioned by reporters about the threat from Shia militias in Syria and Iraq, cited by US officials over the past week as justification for speeding up the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group in the Gulf and for sending B-52 Stratofortress bombers and an anti-aircraft battery to the region.

“No – there’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria,” Ghika said in a videolink briefing from Baghdad to the Pentagon. “We’re aware of that presence, clearly. And we monitor them along with a whole range of others because that’s the environment we’re in. We are monitoring the Shia militia groups. I think you’re referring to carefully and if the threat level seems to go up then we’ll raise our force protection measures accordingly.”

On Tuesday night, US Central Command – whose area of operations covers the Middle East and Afghanistan – put out a statement refuting Ghika’s comments.

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4 responses to “Fears of war with Iran as US orders staff out of Iraq immediately”

  1. a chap on radio asked if the US are serious about a war on the people of iran
    what ? is cliff richard a poof .

  2. US Ambassador: Israel Is On the Side of God (https://news.antiwar.com/2019/05/14/us-ambassador-israel-is-on-the-side-of-god/)

    “Commemorating the one-year anniversary of the US moving their embassy to Jerusalem, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman declared that “Israel is on the side of God,” calling that a “secret weapon that not too many countries have.””

    I don’t know about the rest of you but I am tired waiting for the final shoe to drop – the war with Iran seems to on this time for real. Let’s see if ZOG Emporer Trumpenstein has the balls. I want to to find out if “God is on our side”.

  3. It would be a disaster, for both Iran and the USA.

    It is obvious now that President Trump is preparing to follow the wishes of Israel and to sacrifice American lives in a war against iran. He has turned out to be worse than I thought. Maybe he will be deselected in 2020. We can only hope.

  4. the b ritish government are totally out of step with the british people
    people marched in their milions in every UK city, the people told the soldiers quite plainly
    DO NOT MAKE WAR ON THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ for those soldiers who disobeyed the people, when they came back they were disowned by freinds and family, many of those men living rough are ex soldiers.
    Any soldiers who go from the UK to fight in the coming wars, deserve what they get when they come home