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U.K.: London Increases Threat Level for Troops, Diplomats in Iraq

1 MIN READMay 16, 2019 | 17:05 GMT

What Happened: The United Kingdom has increased the threat level for its forces and diplomats in Iraq over increased security risks from Iran and put its personnel in Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia on a heightened state of alert, Sky News reported May 16.

Why It Matters: The development comes a day after the United States decided to withdraw all nonessential diplomatic personnel and their families from Iraq. The increase in the British threat level alongside the U.S. personnel withdrawal may point toward potentially actionable intelligence regarding possible risks from Iran.

Background: The United States has substantially increased its military presence in the region and accused Iran of moving assets to threaten U.S. personnel in the area.

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