May 15, 2019 13:06 Asia/Tehran
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The US State Department has ordered the withdrawal of most of its employees from its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Erbil.

Iran Press/America: The US State Department ordered in a statement on Wednesday the withdrawal from Iraq "of all non-emergency government employees" as a security precaution.

According to US State Department's statement: Normal visa services at both posts of Baghdad and Erbil will be temporarily suspended, it is recommended those affected depart as soon as possible," Reuters reported.

While Iran called "US militarization of the Persian Gulf region" as a form of psychological warfare, on Tuesday, the US military once again reaffirmed its concerns about possible imminent threats from Iran to its troops in Iraq.

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Meanwhile many officials around the world cast doubt on the nature of US repeated claims of concern.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday he was getting indications from talks with both the United States and Iran that “things will end well” despite the rhetoric.

While Washington has sent additional military forces to the Middle East, in a show of force, a US State Department spokesman said on Wednesday "Ensuring the safety of US government personnel and citizens is our highest priority and we are confident in the Iraqi security services’ ability to protect us."

US State Department spokesman claimed that "threat is serious and we want to reduce the risk of harm."

Neither a war will happen; nor will we negotiate

On Tuesday, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said: "Neither a war will happen; nor will we negotiate."

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei stressed that negotiating certain national assets is absolutely harmful and negotiating is poisonous as long as the US continues with the same course of action.

Ayatollah Khamenei informed his audience across the globe that, “The United States will definitely fail in its policy of countering the Islamic Republic and their plots will end up to our benefit." 101/211/205

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