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Wed May 15, 2019, 09:06 AM

Here we go again: State Department orders non-emergency employees to leave Iraq amid Iran tensions




State Department orders non-emergency employees to leave Iraq amid Iran tensions

Washington (CNN)The State Department ordered Wednesday the departure of non-emergency US government employees from Iraq amid increasing tensions with Iran and warned US citizens not to travel to the country, citing a "high risk for violence and kidnapping."

The announcement comes on the heels of an unannounced trip to Iraq by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo where he said he spoke to officials about he country's ability to protect Americans. The action also represents the latest maneuvering by the Trump administration in the Middle East, where the Pentagon has recently positioned a carrier strike group and a bomber task force.

The department said in a statement that employees working in the US embassy in Baghdad and the US consulate in Erbil were instructed to leave Iraq, and that "normal visa services will be temporarily suspended at both posts."

It added that American Citizens Services employees who were working in the embassy in Baghdad "will continue to provide consular services to U.S. citizens in Basrah."


https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/15/politics/state-department-iraq-travel/index.html

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 09:12 AM

1. The Bolton Bombers must be getting ready to take flight.

Wonder how many trillion this diversionary debacle will cost US.

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Response to spanone (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 09:18 AM

2. I can't understand

This is a dire situation. Only one misstep will be all it takes to get us into another war.

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Response to yellowwoodII (Reply #2)

Wed May 15, 2019, 09:19 AM

3. trump wants 'his' war.

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