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WorldUK follows US lead, raises threat level in Iraq due to threat from Iran

20:46  16 may  2019
20:46  16 may  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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Britain has raised the threat level for UK forces and diplomats in Iraq because of what sources say is a heightened security risk from Iran , Sky News The comments on Tuesday by Major General Chris Ghika, the top UK military officer in the US - led coalition against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, were

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. The Dutch defence ministry said Dutch soldiers had also suspended their training mission due to an unspecified threat , local media reported.

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The United Kingdom has increased the threat level for its forces and diplomats in Iraq due to the threat from Iran.

The move comes a day after all non-essential American personnel were ordered to leave the Iraq Embassy and consulate amid claims that Iran-backed militias moved missiles near bases housing U.S. forces.

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The U.K. also put its personnel in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar on a heightened state of alert, according to Sky News, with a source telling the network that there’s an increased possibility of Iran or its proxies taking action against British, U.S. or other allied interests in the Middle East.

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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 As a result, OIR is now at a high level of alert as we continue to closely monitor credible and possibly imminent threats to US forces in Iraq .”

Click to follow The Independent. A British general serving in Iraq has rejected claims from the White House that coalition forces in the Middle East are In recent days, Washington has responded to what it has claimed as a raised threat from Iran -backed militias to US and coalition forces fighting the

UK follows US lead, raises threat level in Iraq due to threat from Iran© FoxNews.com Reaction and analysis from national security expert Asha Castleberry on 'Fox & Friends First.'

Britain appears to have drawn similar conclusions to the U.S. amid the increasing tensions between the Trump administration and the Iranian regime, even though a British general took an unusual step to disregard the Iranian threat on Monday.

Earlier this week, Maj Gen Chris Ghika, the deputy commander of Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led force combatting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, told reporters: “No, there's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria”.

The targets of possible action by Iran or its proxies are likely to be oil infrastructure or other civilian targets, Sky News reported. The attacks are expected to be done in a way that the Iranian regime could plausibly deny it in an effort to avoid retaliation from Western forces.

The US military and its allies in the region can't get their story straight on the Iran threat

The US military and its allies in the region can't get their story straight on the Iran threat Hours after a general said the threat from Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria hadn't risen, US Central Command issued an unusual rebuke.

There 'has been no increased threat from Iranian -backed forces in Iraq and Syria,' says Major “As a result, OIR is now at a high level of alert as we continue to closely monitor credible and possibly imminent threats to US forces in US claims of Iran threat to coalition forces rejected by UK general.

The US - led coalition is on high alert as it monitors credible threats to American forces in Iraq , US Central Command spokesman Bill Urban said in a Christopher Ghika, said in a press briefing that the threat level by Iranian -backed groups against coalition forces in Iraq and Syria has not risen.

Iran has recently threatened to pull out of the nuclear deal and resume higher uranium enrichment if no new deal is put in place, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Iraqi top brass that U.S. intelligence showed Iran-backed militias moved missiles near bases housing American forces.

Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Zarif on Thursday deemed new sanctions imposed by the Trump administration as “unacceptable” but noted that the country is committed to the nuclear deal.

“We believe that escalation by the United States is unacceptable and uncalled for. We have exercised maximum restraints,” he said during a visit in Japan.

The claim that hostile militia forces are positioning the rockets near bases housing American troops, provides insight into the threats the U.S. faces in the Middle East in the wake of rising tensions between the Trump administration and the Iranian regime.

American military experts have suggested “Iran or its proxies” damaged four commercial ships off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sunday. Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, accused Tehran of ordering “the terrorist acts” against their oil pipeline, a drone attack that was claimed by Yemen’s Iran-allied Houthi rebels.

President Trump denied Tuesday the reports that the administration was planning to send more than 100,000 troops to the region in the wake of heightened tensions in the region, but instead noted that “If we did that, we’d send a hell of a lot more troops than that.”

Trump team briefs Congress about Iranian threat: 'This is about deterrence, not about war'.
Top officials in the Trump administration were dispatched to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to brief lawmakers about escalating tensions with Iran, saying afterward they are focused on trying to deter attacks and avoid war. The administration sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joe Dunford to brief lawmakers in the House and Senate in separate, closed-door sessions. “Our biggest focus at this point is to prevent Iranian miscalculation,” Shanahan told reporters after the briefing. “We do not want the situation to escalate.

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