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May 15, 2019 | 15:33 GMT

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Iraq: U.S. Withdraws Non-Emergency Personnel From Diplomatic Posts

What Happened: The United States has ordered all non-emergency personnel at its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Arbil to depart, while Germany and the Netherlands said they would suspend the training of Iraqi troops due to the current security situation, AP reported May 15.

Why It Matters: The U.S. decision comes amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, with U.S. intelligence reports indicating a potential Iranian attack against U.S. regional interests.

Background: The United States withdrew personnel from its consulate in Basra in September 2018 over security concerns related to Iran during a wave of unrest in southern Iraq. Earlier in the week, Spain decided to remove its frigate from a U.S.-led fleet entering the Persian Gulf due to regional tensions.

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