USA issues security alert ordering non-emergency staff to depart Iraq

US forces in Iraq and Syria on high alert for possible 'imminent threat'

That same day, a top British general in the US-led operation to combat the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq and Syria blew a hole in the Trump administration's assertion that Iran-allied militias were mobilising to attack U.S. forces.

"We fundamentally do not seek war with Iran", Pompeo said during a visit to Sochi, Russia, this week.

The United States ordered the departure of non-emergency US employees from its diplomatic missions in Iraq on Wednesday in another show of concern about alleged threats from Iran.

But a spokesman for the U.S. military's Central Command later disputed Gen Ghika's comments, saying they ran "counter" to the credible threats identified by United States and allied intelligence agencies.

According to theNew York Times - whichreportedMonday that President Donald Trump has reviewed a Bolton-crafted plan to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East to threaten Iran - Trump administration officials are having a hard time convincing America's European allies to join them on their march to war.

There has been a marked increase in U.S.

Iran has thus faracted with restraintin the face of USA belligerence, urging diplomacy and attempting to restart negotiations with Europe over the terms of the Iran nuclear accord. He said he had never seen anything like the "non-answers" coming from the administration.

"This is an imminent threat to our personnel", said a second official.

"This threat stream, let me tell you, is real", said the second official. -Iranian relations since Trump entered the Oval Office.

Israel's Eurovision webcast hacked with fake attack warning
Show runners are now said to be scrambling to find a new main act for the final of the event as Madonna has reportedly not yet signed a contract.

"I'm concerned that the situation in the Middle East is becoming very tense", Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Mr Zarif in a later meeting.

Two top Iraqi security sources also said today the United States has intelligence revealing Iran-backed militias have been positioning rockets near bases housing USA forces. The sources were not authorized to discuss the matter and were granted anonymity.

Pompeo, in the meantime, issued a similar comment while on a visit to the Russian city of Sochi on Tuesday, stating that the USA "fundamentally doesn't seek a war with Iran".

Several Democrats pinned the sudden moves in part on national security adviser John Bolton, known for his hawkish views. "There is no infighting whatsoever", Trump tweeted. "All sides, views, and policies are covered", and he reserves the "decisive and final decision", he said.

"Ensuring the safety of USA government personnel and citizens is our highest priority. and we want to reduce the risk of harm", a State Department spokesman said.

Saudi Arabia meanwhile said that drone attacks on two oil pumping stations by Yemen's Houthi rebel movement, which is supported by Iran, had forced it to temporarily shut the main East-West Pipeline.

"We monitor them along with a whole range of others because that's the environment we're in", said Maj.

Republican Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, who is a former Central Intelligence Agency officer, said the administration's information on Iran is highly sensitive and by nature can not be shared with a wide audience. "The much more appropriate analogy is Iraq 2011".

The senator noted that he was fully engaged with setting up a congressional coalition meant to force the president to request Congress' consent, should he make up his mind to start a military confrontation with Iran. "It is easy to throw accusations but it is a hard situation".



Latest news

NY mayor threatens to fine Trump Organization over pollution
Some Trump supporters joined the protesters who booed and yelled, "You suck!" as the mayor tried to talk over the noise. De Blasio, a Democrat who won a second term as mayor in 2017, has been openly mulling a presidential bid.

Bitcoin passes $7,000 level as winning streak continues
This occurs when the 50-day simple moving average has crossed above the 200-day moving average. A year ago it lost some three-quarters of its value amid tighter regulation across the world.

US blacklists China's Huawei as trade dispute clouds global outlook
-China tariff war " a little squabble ", even as his administration readies 25% duties on all remaining Chinese imports. The Trump administration had pledged up to $12 billion in aid to help offset losses resulting from Chinese tariffs.

Did Le'Veon Bell cost former Jets GM his job?
ESPN suggests the GM position could be taken up by Philadelphia Eagles executive Joe Douglas, who has some ties to Gase. The Jets and Bell agreed to a four year, $52.5 million contract in March that includes $25 million guaranteed.

'Rick And Morty' Season 4 Premieres In 2019
This is at least more advance notice than what preceded Season 3, when the show made a surprise premiere drop on April Fool's Day 2017.

Alarming new report boosts fears about measles in Travis County
Measles was once common in the United States but gradually became rare after vaccination campaigns that started in the 1960s. Joel Forman , who was just starting his pediatric residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City in the summer 1990.

Facebook to Put Extra Limits on Livestream, Ads Over Christchurch Massacre
In the first 24 hours after the Christchurch attack, Facebook removed the shooter's video 1.5 million times as people continuously uploaded it.

Monster-Hunting RPG 'Dauntless' Heading to Xbox One Next Week
According to the press release , this new monster hunting title will launch on May 21st on the PC via the Epic Games Store . They are waiting for you: regular updates, seasonal events, new Behemoths and much more in a rich and ever-changing world.

Microsoft Releases Patches for a Critical Windows Flaw Allowing WannaCry-Style Attacks
It is wormable, meaning that it allows any malware exploiting the flaw to be able to spread from one vulnerable system to another. It also affects Windows 2003 and Windows XP-older versions of Windows that Microsoft doesn't typically patch.

How much coffee is too much? | #141250
According to new research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , excess caffeine can lead to high blood pressure , which, in turn can cause heart disease.

Earth’s moon is shrinking and quaking, study says
Of those quakes, eight were picked up near to the faults that could be seen in images of the Moon's surface. The pushed-up crusts typically measure tens of meters high and extend for a few miles, NASA said.

WhatsApp urges users to upgrade app after report of spyware attack
No matter what you're doing, if you have WhatsApp installed on your phone, you should update it now. This is another reminder of how important it is to keep all the apps on your phone updated.

The Black Mirror Season 5 Trailer is Here!
The Wrecking Ball singer filmed scenes for the fifth instalment, shooting alongside Marc Menchaca ( Ozark ), in South Africa.

The new revamped Apple TV app is launching today
Apple has been working with some of the biggest TV manufacturers to expand the footprint of its new TV app. AirPlay 2 and HomeKit functionality will arrive for certain Vizio, LG and Sony smart TVs later this year.

Could the oil Industry in India See Higher Profits?
One of the issues for Indian oil companies is their requirement to sell below market to subsidize prices in their home country. The US pulled out of the agreement earlier this year as President Trump claimed he was looking for a better deal.

Other news