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By Linda Givetash and Abigail Williams
The Trump Administration Claims Threat The Iranian regime's increasing attack on US targets in the Middle East has been denied by allies in Europe.
On Wednesday, the US State Department ordered all employees of the non-emergency government to leave the embassy in Baghdad and the Consulate in Erbil for travel to Iraq. Earlier this month, national security adviser John Bolton said the US is preparing for possible attacks by Iran or its deputies.
However, a British deputy commander in the global coalition against the Islamic State objected to the threat of attack.
There is no heightened threat from Iranian forces in Iraq and Syria, "Major General Chris Ghika told reporters Wednesday," We are aware of their presence and monitor it as well as a whole host of others because we are in this environment
Ghika said the anti-ISIS task force did not intend to change the protection measures or escalation processes despite developments in the Persian Gulf this week.
"There are a significant number of militia in the country." Iraq and Syria, and we currently see no heightened threat from many of them. "
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced in a meeting on Wednesday that s a unilateral strategy to increase pressure against Iran is ill-advised.
"Maximum pressure always carries the risk of unintended escalation," said Maas. "If you look at other hot spots and hotspots in this region, we do not need one for the moment: an extra backup."
Senators from both sides of the aisle called on the Trump administration to explain why it had removed diplomatic personnel from Iraq.
The dispute over the risks is reflected in the different tactics of the US and Europe to maintain productive relations with Iran. said Sanam Vakil, Senior Research Fellow for the Middle East North Africa Program at London's Think Tank Chatham House.
As Europe decides to adopt a more cautious approach to engaging the Iranian regime, including its proximity to the Middle East The US has adopted a strategy of "scare and stance", she said.
[Europeans] Ultimately, she believed the Trump administration had triggered a crisis, and this crisis prevented them from addressing the other equally important issues that have an impact on European security, she said.
The current situation stems from the US withdrawal from the Iranian Nuclear Agreement 59011] Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gives a speech during the National Day of the Army Parade ceremony in Tehran on April 18. Tasnim News Agency / Reuters File
Europe and other allies could try to boost diplomacy with Iran Vakil said protecting the JCPOA nuclear deal would require a very public and meaningful effort without the guarantee that the US would not hinder the process.
United States High Level State Department officials told NBC News Wednesday that information about threats to peace and security was being shared with British, French and German allies, who were also asked to use their influence over the Iranian regime to deescalate the situation.
I would say it would be gross negligence if we did not take the necessary precautions in the face of credible threats, "a senior State Department official said. "That does not mean we're rushing to a conflict."
Ahmed al-Sahaf, spokesman for the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, told NBC News that the situation in Iraq remains stable. The government "works with all countries that are part of the latest development in the region to reach a balanced solution," he said. Linda Givetash Linda Givetash is a reporter based in London. Previously, she worked for The Canadian Press in Vancouver and Nation Media in Uganda.
Associated Press added.