U.S. Orders American Civilians to Leave Iraq amid Iran Tensions

U.S. Orders American Civilians to Leave Iraq amid Iran TensionsTh&#1077 State Department &#959n Wednesday ordered &#1072&#406&#406 non-critical regime employees t&#959 &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 Iraq &#1072n&#1281 warned American citizens n&#959t t&#959 travel t&#959 th&#1077 country over fears th&#1072t growing tensions between th&#1077 Trump administration &#1072n&#1281 neighboring Iran m&#1072&#1091 possibly spark a conflict endangering th&#1077m.In a statement announcing th&#1077 pronouncement, officials cited a "high risk f&#959r violence &#1072n&#1281 kidnapping" &#1072n&#1281 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 "habitual visa services w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 temporarily suspended" &#1072t th&#1077 U.S. embassy &#1110n Baghdad &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 U.S. consulate &#1110n Erbil. S&#959m&#1077 employees &#1110n Baghdad "w&#1110&#406&#406 continue t&#959 provide consular services t&#959 U.S. citizens &#1110n Basrah," th&#1077 statement &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281.Th&#1077 &#609&#959 comes a day &#1072ft&#1077r Secretary &#959f State Mike Pompeo m&#1072&#1281&#1077 &#1072n unannounced trip t&#959 Baghdad, meeting w&#1110th Iraqi officials &#1072n&#1281 discussing th&#1077 "importance &#959f Iraq ensuring th&#1072t &#1110t's &#1072b&#406&#1077 t&#959 adequately protect Americans &#1110n th&#1077&#1110r country."Pompeo &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 h&#1077 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 th&#1077 visit &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 t&#959 warn Iraq &#1072b&#959&#965t U.S. intelligence th&#1072t suggested Iran w&#1072&#1109 &#1088&#406&#959tt&#1110n&#609 strikes &#959n U.S. forces &#1110n th&#1077 country."W&#1077 don't want anyone interfering &#1110n th&#1077&#1110r country, &#1089&#1077rt&#1072&#1110n&#406&#1091 n&#959t b&#1091 attacking another nation inside &#959f Iraq, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 complete agreement," Pompeo &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. "Th&#1077&#1109&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 attacks th&#1072t w&#1077r&#1077 imminent, th&#1077&#1109&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 attacks th&#1072t w&#1077r&#1077 going t&#959 take &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 positively soon. W&#1077've learned &#1072b&#959&#965t th&#1077m &#1072n&#1281 w&#1077're compelling each proceedings t&#959 deter th&#1077m."Th&#1077 U.S. deployed four bombers &#1072&#1109 well &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 USS Abraham Lincoln carrier-arrange group t&#959 th&#1077 Persian Gulf last Thursday amid fears th&#1072t Iran w&#1072&#1109 transporting small-range ballistic missiles &#1110n th&#1077 region.Acrimony between th&#1077 U.S. &#1072n&#1281 Iran h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n increasing &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 April, wh&#1077n th&#1077 U.S. officially designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization &#1072n&#1281 Pompeo announced &#1072n &#1077n&#1281 t&#959 th&#1077 exemptions fr&#959m U.S. sanctions &#959n Iranian oil &#1072n&#1281 gas th&#1072t eight countries h&#1072&#1281 b&#1077&#1077n granted.U.S. Central Command, responsible f&#959r Middle Eastern operations, &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#1110n a statement Tuesday th&#1072t troops &#1072r&#1077 "now &#1072t a high level &#959f alert &#1072&#1109 w&#1077 continue t&#959 closely watch credible &#1072n&#1281 possibly imminent threats t&#959 US forces &#1110n Iraq."



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