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Politics US says it will leave Baghdad embassy if Iraq doesn't rein in attacks: report

01:00  28 september  2020
01:00  28 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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The U . S . told Iraq that it will leave its embassy in Baghdad if Iraq doesn ’ t rein in the attacks on personnel connected to American troops, The The Post reported that it was unclear whether the White House approved of the deal. But two U . S . officials said Pompeo cautioned about the possible

"They' re sending a message from Iran to the US : the recent political developments have changed nothing. We can still hit you hard, and no leader His downfall, Western diplomats and analysts said , could be a nightmare for Iraq 's stability. "If the US really closes its embassy , it will leave Kadhemi in

The U.S. told Iraq that it will leave its embassy in Baghdad if Iraq doesn't rein in the attacks on personnel connected to American troops, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi about the plan for a U.S. departure from the embassy, an official familiar with the matter told the Post. Two Western officials in the city told the newspaper their country's diplomatic missions were told about the plan.

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We ’ re not leaving unless they pay us back for it .” Trump told the AF1 reporter pool. “If they do ask us to leave , if we don’ t do it in a very friendly basis. We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never Lo and behold, the point man behind the siege on the American Embassy in Iraq , Hadi al Amiri was

An Iraqi official told the Post that the U.S. had requested its government be forceful against militias, indicating if the Iraqi government took appropriate steps, it's possible the embassy may not be shut down.

The departure from Baghdad is expected to take 90 days, which a diplomat familiar with the situation told the newspaper would give President Trump's administration time to reevaluate.

Ahmed Mulla Talal, a spokesperson for Kadhimi, said Sunday that the country hopes the U.S. "will reconsider" its decision.

"There are outlaw groups that try to shake this relationship and closing the embassy would send a negative message to them," he said.

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WASHINGTON — The State Department ordered a partial evacuation of the United States Embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday Other American officials have said the same piece of intelligence points to potential attacks by Shiite Arab militias tied to Iran against American troops in Iraq or Syria.

Protesters have left the US embassy compound in Baghdad , but the situation remains tense. President Trump has threatened Iran after blaming it for Tuesday's attack , in which no US personnel The US said the militia had carried out repeated attacks on Iraqi bases that host US -led coalition

The Post reported that it was unclear whether the White House approved of the deal. But two U.S. officials said Pompeo cautioned about the possible closure of the embassy without necessary action against the militias.

A spokesperson from the State Department told The Hill in a statement the department does not comment on Pompeo's "private diplomatic conversations with foreign leaders" but added the U.S. has expressed concerns about Iran-backed militias attacking the embassy.

The spokesperson continued by saying these militias are "the single biggest deterrent" to the U.S.'s moves to ensure financial support for the country.

A senior official in Kadhimi's office said the Iraqi prime minister was working on getting support from European partners to persuade the U.S. to stay to prevent a risk to stability in Iraq, according to the Post.

President Trump directed the killing of senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani earlier this year, sparking Iran-backed militias to launch strikes on the embassy and Iraqi military bases that hosted U.S.-led coalition troops deployed to fight ISIS.

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US President Donald Trump has threatened Iran after blaming it for an attack on the US embassy in Iraq . The compound in Baghdad was attacked Reports said at least one Iraqi militia had ordered its supporters to leave the area. The protests starkly illustrate the tenuous and difficult nature of the

Following attacks on the US embassy in Baghdad by Iraqi protesters over recent US airstrikes on Iranian backed militias, US President Donald Trump has said

This year, two U.S., one British and several Iraqi military members have been killed in attacks that have been traced back to Iran-backed militias.

The Post noted that Kadhimi has attempted to target the militias through their funding and by restructuring Iraq's security system, but the militias reacted by launching more strikes.


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