US shuts down consulate in Iraq's Basra citing Iranian 'threats'

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US shuts down consulate in Iraq's Basra citing Iranian 'threats'

Postby Babadung » Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:54 am

More proof that the U.S. is getting ready for something major. They relocated the Patriot missiles the other day and now the closure of U.S. consulate IN Basra. As you all can see, the city of Basra is strategically located a stone throw from Iran and Kuwait. At the end of the day, the Shiites of Iraq, specially the majority Shiites of Southern Iraq will side with Iran against Saudi Arabia, UAE and the rest of Sunni world.

In other news, Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned Saudi Arabia and UAE to respect its 'red lines' or face military retaliation.
As far as I am concerned, THE WAR HAS ALREADY BEGAN. Bunch of smoke is already coming out of the tinderbox. It needs more blowing and kindling to start the fire. The idiots running the ME have no clue about what's about to transpire.



US shuts down consulate in Iraq's Basra citing Iranian 'threats'

The move follows recent rocket attacks that Washington says were directed at the consulate in Basra.

The United States has announced it is closing its consulate in the Iraqi city of Basra and evacuating its diplomats from there after increasing threats and rocket fire from Iran and Iran-backed fighters.

The decision adds to mounting tension between the US and Iran, which is the target of increasing economic sanctions imposed by Washington.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, explaining the move, renewed a warning that his country would hold Iran responsible for any attacks on US diplomatic facilities and citizens.

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The move follows recent rocket attacks that Pompeo said were directed at the consulate in Basra.

US officials said the rockets, however, had not impacted the consulate, which is located in the Basra airport compound.

"I have made clear that Iran should understand that the United States will respond promptly and appropriately to any such attacks," Pompeo said in a statement.

He did not explicitly say whether a US response was imminent, however, and other US officials did not disclose potential response options.

The US State Department said the consulate was placed on "ordered departure," which technically involves a drawdown in staff. Although some personnel could remain on the diplomatic compound, the move is believed to effectively close the consulate, at least temporarily.

In a statement, Iraq's foreign ministry said it "regrets the American decision to pull its staff out of Basra".

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The decision came days after US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani exchanged taunts at the United Nations General Assembly, with Trump vowing more sanctions and accusing Iran's leaders of sowing "chaos, death and destruction

The rial has lost 40 percent of its value against the US dollar since April.

Iran has blamed US sanctions for the currency's fall, saying the measures amount to a "political, psychological and economic" war on Tehran. It also accused the US and Israel of involvement in a deadly attack at a military parade in southwestern Iran this month.

Basra has already been rocked by violent protests seen by experts as a rejection of the Iraqi political establishment that has held on to power - with the support of the Washington and Tehran - despite failing to improve people's lives there.

Protesters in Basra ransacked and torched Iraqi government buildings this month and the Iranian consulate was set alight by demonstrators shouting condemnation of what many see as Iran's sway over Iraq's affairs.