Germany and Netherland have stopped missions as the United States ordered on Wednesday all non-emergency staff to leave Iraq due to increasing threats from Iranian forces and their proxies, Gulf Today reported.
Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that two oil pumping stations outside of Riyadh were attacked by what they called “terrorists,” Reuters reported.
An Iraqi-Arab tribal leader in Nineveh Governorate uncovers, “the Islamic Republic of Iran has provided the Popular Mobilization Forces (known as Hashd al-Shaabi) with ballistic missiles in order to target American military bases in the country.”
Qassem Soleimani, commander of Quds force from Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has reportedly visited Iraq last week after US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo warned Iran-backed militia groups on any possible act against US forces in Iraq.
The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday night in an unannounced visit to meet with with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul al-Mahdi.
Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mehdi, denied on Tuesday a recent claim by Iranian ambassador in London, who stated that US will allow Iraq to do business with Iran, in exchange for an oil deal with Washington.
The United States is deploying a navy carrier strike group to the Middle East, declared National Security Adviser John Bolton on Sunday.
A suspect in connection to a 2017 attempt to detonate a bomb on an Etihad Airways flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi was sentenced in an Australian court on Wednesday as reported by N World News.
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, commander of the Iraqi Shiite militia Hashd al-Shabi says that the umbrella organization was formed because of Iran’s support.
Arch-rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia met in Baghdad on Saturday as Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi seeks to mediate between the two in order to improve diplomatic relations.