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US pulls ‘non-emergency staff’ from Iraq

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Addis Ababa, May 15, 2019 (FBC) – The US state department has ordered the departure of “non-emergency employees” from Iraq, amid rising tensions between the US and Iraq’s neighbor Iran.

Staff at the embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in Irbil must leave as soon as possible on commercial transport, it said.

Germany has meanwhile suspended its training of soldiers in Iraq.

The US military said on Tuesday that the threat level in the Middle East had been raised in response to intelligence about Iran-backed forces in the region.

It contradicted a British general who had said there was no increased threat, according to BBC.