US Evacuating Consulate In Iraq, Citing Threats From Iran

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

On Friday the State Department announced it is evacuating all non-essential personnel from the US consulate in Basra, Iraq.

The drastic move comes after a month of heavy anti-Iran and anti-Iraqi government protests that have gripped the southern city, which has led to sectarian rioting and the burning of Shia militia buildings, as well as the torching of the Iranian consulate early this month. During the first week of September the US embassy in Baghdad’s green zone also came under attack by mortar fire, which US officials and military analysts blamed on Iran-backed militias.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited threats from Iran as the reason for ordering the Basra consulate evacuation, and in a separate statement a senior US official confirmed to CNN that the “ordered departure” was due to “security threats from Iran.”

US Evacuating Consulate In Iraq, Citing Threats From Iran

Protesters in Basra torched Iraqi government buildings in early September. Image source: AFP

“US Embassy Baghdad will continue to provide consular services to US citizens in Basra,” the State Department said in its statement referencing the massive and highly fortified US compound in Iraq’s capital, which the Basra consul staff will evacuate to. It also issued an updated travel advisory for Iraq noting the removal of non-essential personnel from Basra.

Pompeo explained the evacuation order further as, “Threats to our personnel and facilities in Iraq from the Government of Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, and from militias facilitated by and under the control and direction of the Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani have increased over the past several weeks.”

Pompeo further noted that “there have been repeated incidents of indirect fire from elements of those militias directed at our Consulate General in Basrah and our Embassy in Baghdad, including within the past twenty-four hours.”

The US Consulate in Basra, view from within the security perimeter:

US Evacuating Consulate In Iraq, Citing Threats From Iran

US Consulate Basra, Image source: US Consulate Basrah/Facebook

“I have advised the Government of Iran that the United States will hold Iran directly responsible for any harm to Americans or to our diplomatic facilities in Iraq or elsewhere and whether perpetrated by Iranian forces directly or by associated proxy militias,” the Secretary of State said.

A number of Iraqi cities exploded in anti-government protests in the first week of September, which had strong sectarian element as largely Sunni demonstrations demanded the end of Iranian influence on the Baghdad government and the retreat of Shia Iran-backed militias.

But also amidst the early September protests ten pro-Iran Shia militias in the country had published a statement vowing to expel foreign troops and advisers by force if they didn’t immediately leave Iraq.

“We will deal with them [foreign troops in Iraq] as occupying forces, and we will use our legitimate rights by employing all possible means to force them out of the country,” the Iraqi factions warned, adding that foreign troops were “in their sights”. The statement also alleged an “Anglo-American-led dirty and dangerous conspiracy to impose a devilish coalition” on the people of Iraq which seeks to weaken the government and make Baghdad a puppet of Brett McGurk, who is the White House appointed special envoy for the anti-ISIL coalition.

Meanwhile in a speech given before Friday worshipers in Tehran Iranian officials issued threats against the United States military, and laid down “red lines” against US allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Iran has blamed the US and its Gulf allies for sponsoring a terrorist attack on a military parade in the southwest city of Ahvaz last Saturday which killed 25, including IRGC personnel among the victims.

“If America does anything wrong, their bases around Iran would not remain secure,” Ayatollah Mohammadali Movahedi Kermani was quoted as saying by Mizan news agency while leading Friday prayers in Tehran.

And simultaneously the Fars news agency quoted Brigadier General Hossein Salami, deputy head of the IRGC, as saying in reference to the Saudis and Emirates: “If you cross our red lines, we will surely cross yours. You know the storm the Iranian nation can create.”

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  • Jesus

    Shiite militias can harass the American presence in Iraq, and eventually force out all foreign troops giving Russia an opportunity to fill the vacuum.
    As the US position in Syria deteriorates, the domino effect will flow through in Iraq.

    • RichardD

      The region isn’t going to be stable until Palestine is dejudified. And the planet isn’t going to be stable until it, and the US in particular, are dejudified. An extinction grade dejudification program doesn’t require killing or treating the current generation of evil Jew pedophile mass rape cultists unfairly. Outlawing Judaism and closing and demolishing the evil synagogues and yeshiva cult centers should be sufficient.

      • RichardD

        “In 1934, Stephen Wise, head of the American Jewish Congress said:

        … I cannot be indifferent to the Galuth [the Jewish diaspora living outside of Palestine] … if I had to choose between Eretz Israel and its upbuilding and the defense of the Galuth, I would say that then the Galuth must perish.7

        On October 2, 1937, two SS officers, Herbert Hagen and Adolf Eichmann, disembarked in Haifa and were met by the Gestapo’s agent in Palestine, Fritz Reichert, and later in the day, Fevel Polkes, a Haganah agent, who showed the Nazi officials Haifa from Mt Carmel and then visited a kibbutz.”

        – The Zionist-Nazi Collaboration –

        https://dissidentvoice.org/2012/07/the-zionist-nazi-collaboration/

      • Jesus

        The zionists have to be separated from Jews that do not share their agenda, the same way you separate goats from sheep.

        • RichardD

          Why are you defending an evil pedophile mass rape cult and criminal organization?

          For starters, almost all Jews are Zionists, 96% according to polls. There’s a tiny minority of dissidents, about 4%, many of whom are orthodox fanatics who are some of the biggest pedophile mass rapists of them all. And as far as outlawing this evil cult, there’s nothing to separate. Judaism should be outlawed just on the statutory rape aspect alone. When you add in all of the other issues, it’s a no brainier.

          • Jesus

            I am not defending an evil pedophile rape cult and criminal organization, I defend what is Biblical, circumcission was instituted by God, what pervert Jews do after they circumcise is their problem, do not blame the Torah for it.
            De zionizing will be implemented by God, where two thirds of the Jews will die……Israel and the Jews will be facing many dark days in the future.

            Zech 13: 8] And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
            [9] And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

            I believe what God said in Zech 13 whereby two thirds of the Jews will be cut off and die, and one third will be spared. Those spared are not going to be zionists, they will be refined by trials and be true believers in God.

          • RichardD

            Scripture and law are two different things. And your interpretation of the passages that you quote is open to debate. Christ was a vocal antijudaic and the Jews had him tortured to death in public for it. You’re also ignoring the Talmud, which supersedes scripture in Talmud rabbinical Judaism. Which is 99.5% of contemporary Judaism. The remedy in law for what Judaism is is to outlaw it. Which is what should be done in the best interests of society.

            Scriptural Jews who reject the Talmud are dissidents. What they’re practicing isn’t Judaism, even if they identify themselves as Jews. It’s an early form of Christianity based in the Old Testament. There was a schism in Judaism from it’s inception, and the bad ones won out. Christ’s mission was to correct it. Which he did with the creation of Christianity.

          • Jesus

            “”Scripture and law are two different things.“”
            The Law given by God to the Jews is scripture, scriptures pertains to any text that is divinely inspired. The Torah is scripture and is inspired of God, Jesus summed up the totality of the Torah in two commandments, love God with all your heart mind and soul, love your neighbor as yourself…..neighbor not applying to Jews only but towards all humanity.

            “””And your interpretation of the passages that you quote is open to debate.”””
            If you read the complete chapter of Zech 13 it will provide the needed context to settle any debate.

            “””You’re also ignoring the Talmud, which supersedes scripture in Talmud rabbinical Judaism. ”””

            The Talmud was intended to replace the Torah, as a perverse instrument in diminishing the value of God’s commandments, projecting human thought and practices that alienated the Jews from God.
            God is not going to judge Jews by the Talmud, they are going to be judged by the Torah.
            Talmud is a living and breathing document always amended by progresive and secular rabbis to project hatred, exceptionalism, bias …etc as historical events unfolded.

            “””Scriptural Jews who reject the Talmud are dissidents. What they’re practicing isn’t Judaism, even if they identify themselves as Jews.”””

            We are getting hung up on terminologies, I view Judaism as an expression of the Torah, perverted Judaism as we have it today is a projection of the Talmud. Those that identify themselves as Jews cannot practice the Torah because of a lack of a Temple that needs to be built on the location of the Dome of the rock, and subsequent practices related to Temple worship and celebrations of holy days.

            “””It’s an early form of Christianity based in the Old Testament. There was a schism in Judaism from it’s inception, and the bad ones won out. Christ’s mission was to correct it. Which he did with the creation of Christianity.”””

            The reliance on the Talmud since the return of the Babylonian captivity caused many Jews to fall into a spiritual abyss, culminating with the rejection of Jesus Christ.

          • RichardD

            Talmud rabbinical Judaism is Judaism and has been for thousands of years. 99.5% of Jews are Talmud rabbinical Jews. The rest are a tiny minority of dissidents that aren’t reperesentative of Judaism.

            What you want is a new form of Judaism that doesn’t exist and would be completely rejected by Jews just like Christ was. The sculptural part of Judaism was incorporated into Christianity as part of the Christian old testament.

            The oral interpretation of scripture by Jews existed from the beginning according to Jewish teachings and wasn’t committed to writting until later. The bible describes Jews as demon worshippers from the beginning.

            Your defending Jew crime and evil based on the assumption that your interpetation of scripture will turn Jews into something that they aren’t and would reject. While their evil cult as it is and has been for thousands of years does horrific damage to humanity.

            You admit that your view of Judaism and solution is based on wishful thinking for something that doesn’t exist. My view and solution is based on what does exist.

          • Jesus

            My view of the Jews and their past, present and future is based on Biblical realities.
            So what if the Jews for the last 2000 years followed a demon inspired writing alienating them from God? I do not care for the Talmud, it has been compiled by a number of unbelieving rabbies glorifying the jew, and has been the spiritual drug for the Jews for the last 2000 years governing their conduct.

            This is no mere accident since God prophesied through Isaiah that Jews are going to be spiritually blinded and end up in captivity in Babylon, Rome and their own prison of sin.

            Prior to all this, Jews were supposed to observe the commandments of God outlined in the Torah, something they refused to do, subsequently formulating the Talmud and continuing their disobedience to God.

            The end time scenario according to Biblical texts, the Jews are going to enter into an agreement with the antichrist, the antichrist will break that agreement and spill his hatred on the Jews engaging in a 3.5 year war with the Jews prevailing against them, being on the brink of dejudifying the world.

          • RichardD

            God’s law as defined by scripture is that the over arching principal of biblical realities is the golden rule. The passages that you quote, including end times prophecy, and your interpretation of them are subservient to that. Secular law is derived from and guided by the morality that is taught from scripture. Including the primacy of the golden rule.

            Secular law and scriptural morality are pretty clear as to what should be done with Judaism and Jews. Judiasm should be outlawed and the synagogues and yeshivas closed to dejudify the planet. It has nothing to do with the antichrist or end times. Revelations is so metaphorical that anyone can interpret it to say anything that they want.

            You’re also ignoring the biblical reality that there’s a difference between divinely inspired and divinely written. If you study the bible as I have. I completed 13 years of Roman Catholic catechism study K through 12, and additional study. What you’l find is that science and historical research are showing is that the bible of today is a compendium of interpretation by many parties over time. What the prophets, Jesus, and the apostles actually said, did and taught in their time. Is unlikely to be exactly what has latter been attributed to them by bible authors who were not first hand witnesses to the actual events that occurred before their lifetimes. Much or most of today’s bible was written after the fact by non witnesses to the actual events, and almost certainly contains mistakes and inaccuracies.

            The only first hand witnesses alive on the planet today, are purportedly people like Meier, and if I get to that level of ET/ED contact proficiency, myself. Who travel through space and time back to the middle east during this part of our history and watch the events unfold on the ground first hand. I was in the middle east, including Egypt, and at and in the Giza pyramids during the 26,000 year precision of the equinoxes galactic alignment. I have images and first hand witness accounts of what happened then.

            The Jews are a problem that needs to be corrected. Waiting for god to do it based on your interpretation of biblical realities is a can kicking exercise that isn’t going to get it done. What I’m suggesting will.

          • Raptar Driver

            Rom.2 [28-29]
            For he is not a real Jew who is one outwardly, nor is true circumcision something external and physical.
            He is a Jew who is one inwardly, and real circumcision is a matter of the heart, spiritual and not literal. His praise is not from men but from God.

            Literal circumcision was the Old Covenant and was done away with by Christ.

            1Cor.7 [19]
            For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God.

          • Jesus

            Yes indeed, keeping the commandments of God are far better than circumcission and all burnt offerings

      • Hind Abyad

        And founder of the Likud.

  • Garga

    Lies and more lies.
    Your goons burnt Iranian consulate in Basra, something that protesters don’t agree with and resulted in halting the protests by it’s own committee. It backfired and like always, you blame the victim for your own crimes (oh, look! the US consulate is in the general direction of Basrah airport and there was an attack on airport too, so we’re under attack too!)

    If you didn’t have a history of murdering and sacrificing your own countrymen for your crooked agenda this situation would be hilarious but it’s easy for you to kill a few Americans somewhere in the world and blame it on others, so you can justify the following murders and destructions.

    Now after the reaction of audience in UNGA and UNSC to Trump and Netanyahoo lies, I think a false flag is inevitable, just like chemical attacks in Syria whenever SAA’s gains is too much a pressure for you to bear.

    • RichardD

      Benny the leg breaker and his Ziocon sycophants don’t have much credibility left on the world stage.

    • Ronald

      While in agreement with your post, Iran needs to show some verbal restraint.
      Observe Chinese and Russian statements by political leaders tend to be very understated.
      All this talk only gives the MSM bs to throw into rationalizing an attack on Iran.
      Soleimani warned the US to leave Iraq or be forced to leave a couple of months ago, enough. Silence can be more powerful than words.

      • PZIVJ

        Good post.
        Iranian leadership is too focused on making statements for internal consumption.
        This is politics, even if it does not serve the country well with MSM.

  • Smaug

    It’s the Arab world, one conflict always follows on the heels of another…

    • as

      Nah mushy brains of the American to be precise. It can’t store memory in it.

    • Sinbad2

      It’s the Arab world, one American conflict always follows on the heels of another…

    • RichardD

      As a Zionist shill, you should know all about perpetual fabricate conflicts. Nobody is a bigger offender than the Jews.

    • Hisham Saber

      So long as the is the apartheid state of Israel, whom has a military occupation of Palestinian Arabs. Israel is violating the airspace of Lebanon, Syria and Jordan with impunity. Israel must cease to exist, then the Chinese will help the Arab world rebuild and prosper, but first no more Israel, and the U.S., U.K, France must be expelled by force from the region if necessary. Then there will be peace and prosperity in the Arab world.

      • Smaug

        How dies anything you just said have anything to do with the article?

  • Sinbad2

    If Iraq with the help of Iran could expel the US troops in Iraq, Iraq might be able to recover from the war.
    The US is slowly bleeding Iraq to death, Iraq cannot afford the reparations that the US/UK demand.
    The British did the same thing to Germany at the end of WWI, and were responsible for the rise of Hitler.
    These greedy slime’s never learn.