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Iran news: U.S. Pat. pulls bridge personnel from Iraq as officials say Iranian military likely behind tanker attacks



  • U.S. officials are pointing the finger at elite Iranian military forces for sabotage attacks on oil tankers near Persian Gulf.
  • forces in the region; has ordered bridge State Department personnel out of neighboring Iraq.
  • U.S. and Iranian officials insist nobody wants a war, and President Trump has denied plans to send 120,000 troops to the region.
  • military has refuted and senior British commander's assessment that there has been "no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria."

U.S. Iranian Combat Divers CBS News US National Security Correspondent David Martin is no sign Iran is backing off purported plans to attack the Americans in the region.

On Wednesday the State Department ordered all non-emergency staff and their families to leave Iraq, and the nation on Iran's southern border in which the Iranian government backs various militia groups which have fought US troops before.

"US citizens in Iraq are at high risk for violence and kidnapping. Anti-US sectarian militias may also threaten US citizens Western companies throughout Iraq, "the State Department said in its advisory.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renewed the Trump administration's warning on Tuesday it retaliate against Iran if it does attack American interests in the Middle East, but he declined to pin the blame for the tanker on Tehran.

U.S. officials believe Iran was involved in attacks on Persian Gulf oil tankers

He said he did not have anything "concrete about the connection" between Tehran and the tanker attacks, adding: "I think in coming hours and we'll knowing the answer to that. "

President Trump on the evening of Presidential Trump. to fund their corruption, oppression and terror. "

But as Martin reports, while the US has put a stranglehold on Iran's economy, the country remains dangerous.

U.S. Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards were responsible for Sunday's attacks that blew holes in the Saul and Norwegian tankers anchored off the Emirati port of Fujairah, just outside the Persian Gulf.

Iranian combat divers are believed to have attached explosives to the ships' hulls, but a defense official told CBS News that further investigation was still needed.

Trump sending troops to Iran?

Mr. Trump, meanwhile, dismissed, and New York Times report reporting administration to 120,000 American troops to Iran. The U.S. has already aired the aircraft carrier strike and four B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf.

President Trump's denial of the Times Report came with a caveat: "Would I do that? Absolutely," he said as he left the White House on Tuesday. "We have not planned for that… and we did, that we send a lot of more troops that."

On Capitol Hill, Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine blasted the president's thinking. There's no way this president would get us into war with Iran, "Kaine said.

Iran has vehemently denied being involved in the attacks on the oil tankers and accused President Trump of playing and "very dangerous game, risking devastating war."

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said: "There is no war. , nor is it their (the United States') benefit to go after the war. We never start and have never started any wars. than theirs. "

He ruled out any negotiations with the current US Iran's Revolutionary Guard rules out talks with US

But while he downplayed the possibility of conflict with the US, the ayatollah also dropped and loosely-veiled threat that Iran could take steps – within a few months – that would almost certainly draw a significant American response.

Iran announced a week ago that in response to President Trump pulling the US out of the nuclear deal agreed in 2015 with world powers, it would be withdrawn from the terms of the agreement, too.

The Iranian regime said if other parties to the agreement, which still want to keep it viable sanctions to keep doing business with Tehran within 60 days, it will resume enriching the levels of barred under the deal.

Iran is permitted under the terms of the nuclear deal to just under 4% concentration – a level at which can be used for medical and scientific purposes, but it is not easily refined to the level required to make nuclear weapons.

, it would resume enriching uranium to 20% – which the country has said could be done within four days. That benchmark is significant because once the uranium is refined to 20%, it is much easier to enrich it to 90% needed for weapons.

On Wednesday, the Ayatollah said "20% enrichment is the most difficult part. Steps are easier than this step. "

It was the first hint of the Iranian regime that might make it to the highly enriched uranium needed for an atomic bomb – though Iranian officials have always been interested in obtaining one.

Both of the U.S. and Israel have made it clear they will not allow the Islamic Republic to obtain and nuclear weapons capability.

U.S. and allies on the same page?

There were signs of frustration from the European Allies over the Trump administration's decision to not only bail on the nuclear deal, but to mount the new pressure on the Iranian regime.

The Trump administration and US military officials said just over a week ago that they had detected, " forces at sea and land in Middle East. has about 5,000 troops still in Iraq, on Iran's border, and while the State Department on Wednesday for non-emergency personnel to leave the country did not specifically mention and threat from Iran, that was the implication. Iran, and spokesperson at the US Embassy in Iraq told CBS News on Wednesday that Pompeo ordered the non-emergency U.S.

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On Tuesday, however, and British deputy commander of the US-led joint military operation in Iraq disputed the claim of an elevated threat to allied forces in the region.

in Iraq and Syria, "Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika said in a video briefing from Baghdad to the Pentagon, according to The Guardian. And we monitor them along with a range of others because they are in. We are monitoring the Shia militia groups I think you're referring to carefully, and if the threat level seems to go up then we'll raise our force protection measures accordingly. "

But the US military's Central Command, which oversees Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in Iraq and all other American operations in the region, directly from Ghika's statement later on Tuesday.

intelligence from US and allies regarding Iranian-backed forces in the region, "Central Command spokesman Capt. Bill Urban said in the statement

Germany's military, meanwhile, announced its training operations in Iraq on Wednesday, but said it had no information about heightened threats to the German troops in the country from Iran. spokesman Jens Flosdorff cited heightened regional tensions as he was confirmed by Germany's military was temporarily suspending training of Iraqi forces, "orienting itself to our partner countries," but adding there were "no warnings of attacks against German targets."


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