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Trump denies reports of 'infighting' on Iran policy

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Iranian-backed proxy forces have been operating in Iraq and other Middle Eastern nations for years, according to USA officials.

Both Washington and Tehran have said they have no intention of going to war, but tensions have soared in recent weeks.

But any Iranian move against the U.S. faces difficulties as it risks harming ties with neighbours, including Iraq, Therme said. But to judge by the recent dramatic escalation of tensions in the region, the regime has reverted to the familiar tactic of trying to provoke hostilities with the western alliance and its regional rivals as a blatant ploy to distract attention away from its internal problems.

For Iraq to be a theatre for proxy wars is not new.

He said it would seem that Riyadh would like to co-ordinate with Washington how it responds to Iran, but "eventually what may happen is that just Saudi Arabia and the UAE may have to do something".

Per the NYT report citing Bolton's alleged plan, U.S. officials may be preparing to deploy up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter threats coming from Iran. It is equally true that the United States is the second most powerful foreign player on the Iraqi stage.

A USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, has said the other three showed damage as well. Iranian-backed militias fought alongside US -backed Iraqi troops against IS, gaining outsized influence and power. The US has so far imposed sanctions on the country's oil imports.

"They said if the US were attacked on Iraqi soil, it would take action to defend itself without coordinating with Baghdad".

In September, the US ordered the evacuation of its consulate in Basra - Iraq's second largest city - because of attacks that the USA said were perpetrated by Iranian-backed militias. A spokesman said that Ghika's comments "run counter to the identified credible threats available to intelligence". "They wanted guarantees that Iraq would stop those groups threatening USA interests", one senior Iraqi military source with knowledge of Pompeo's trip told Reuters. In other words, stand aside.

There has been a marked increase in U.S.

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The US yesterday ordered all non-emergency staff to leave its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Arbil.

USA officials said Pompeo told the Iraqis the US had an "inherent right to self-defence" and would use it if US personnel, facilities or interests are attacked by Iran or its proxies in Iraq or anywhere else.

The meeting has led to a frenzy of diplomatic activity between US, British and Iraqi officials who are trying to banish the spectre of clashes between Tehran and Washington and who now fear that Iraq could become an arena for conflict. Pompeo also said he wanted to underscore Iraq's need to protect Americans in their country.

A few hours later, the US Central Command violated its own protocol of not contradicting an official of an allied power like Britain and issued an unusual rebuke.

"Iran is not falling to its knees", the diplomat said on condition of anonymity.

Iran, which is ensnared in an escalating war of words with the United States over sanctions and the USA military presence in the region, moved to distance itself from the controversy on Monday.

U.S. President Donald Trump has told top advisers he does not want to get the United States involved in a war with Iran, three U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Saudi Aramco, the government-controlled oil company, said it temporarily shut down the pipeline and contained a fire, which caused minor damage to one pumping station.

On the streets of Baghdad, some shrugged off the rising tensions while others anxious their country could be sucked into another war.

A senior Iranian official said that "saboteurs from a third country" had likely carried out the attacks, after saying on Sunday that the incident showed that the security of Gulf states was fragile.

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