Some personnel ordered out of US embassy in Baghdad

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We begin with breaking news overnight. The state department has

ordered all non-emergency U.S. Personnel to leave Iraq immediately warning

of threats from Iran and rising tension across the region.

ABC's chief global affairs anchor Martha Raddatz is tracking all

the latest from Washington. Good morning, Martha. Reporter: Good morning,

George. The embassy in Baghdad is massive and heavily secured

with thousands of employees, but this morning, all of the

non-emergency personnel are being ordered to depart Baghdad and depart

the consulate innerle. Just last week, the U.S. Warned that

Iran or its proxies were possibly planning an atock an

American forces in the region and sent that carrier strike

group and bombers as a show of force and just

yesterday after a British general commanding troops in Iraq told

reporters that there has been no increased threat from Iranian

backed forces, U.S. Central command issued a highly unusual rebuttal

saying that the general's comments run counter to the identified

credible threats available to intelligence from U.S. And allies regarding

iranian-backed forces in the region and centcom said they have

raised the security posture in Iraq to a high level

of alert due to possibly imminent threats to the more

than 5,000 forces in Iraq. It is very rare they

would make that announcement publicly, that is rare. There is

also some concern inside the government, inside Iraq that some

of these threats may be hyped and echoing concerns to

the first Iraq war back in 2002/2003. Reporter: Exactly. Many

are skeptical. The British foreign secretary trying to de-escalate the

situation calling for a period of calm on both sides,

worried that there will be miscalculation that will send us

into war and, of course, had has become a campaign

issue. Joe Biden saying that the president has no foreign

policy. And the president dismissing those reports that the Pentagon

had drawn up plans for 120,000 U.S. Troops saying it

could be far more. Reporter: After first denying there was

a plan for 120,000 troops if we were attacked, the

president then said there would be many more than that.

This, of course, from a president who said he would

get us out of the mideast, George. Martha Raddatz, thanks

very much.

2019-05-16
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