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By Dan De Luce
WASHINGTON – Senators from both sides of the aisle asked Wednesday that Trump's administration explain why it evacuated US diplomatic missions in Iraq and brief legislators on Iran's alleged threats that have prompted this step.
Sen. New Jersey's Bob Menendez, Democrats ranked in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called on the administration to "immediately provide this committee with information on the decision to order the departure of embassy staff, what Iran is planning to do." and any plans to go to war with Iran. "
Menendez said at the committees' hearing that there are only two reasons for evacuating US missions in Iraq: the Americans working on missions are at risk, or" in preparation "for military action in Iran. "
The Senator said the role of the Committee is to assist in writing laws that allow the use of military force and oversee the state department and the safety of its employees.
"And yet the Trump administration has not provided this committee with any information about the intelligence they are planning in Iraq or Iran," he said.
Menendez added that Congress did not allow war with Iran and if the Trump administration "considered military action with Iran must come to Congress to ask for approval. "
At the same hearing, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said he agreed with Menendez" about the need for a classified briefing "on Iraq affairs" and that "I hope that the whole committee or perhaps the chairman and the evaluating member might have such a briefing "
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Senator Jim Risch, R-Idaho, said that the full information of the Senate was" in the works. "
Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., an open advocate of hardships against Iran and a frequent president of President Donald Trump, also said that the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Defense have to brief lawmakers on why they decided to evacuate US missions in Iraq. "I would like to call on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DoD to come here and explain what's going on," Graham told reporters. "Because I have no idea what is the threat, beyond what I read in the paper."
He added, "I think there are a lot of people in my shoes who are going to support the position in Iran, but we need to understand what we are doing."
On Wednesday Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ordered employees not leaving from an agency, from the US Embassy in Baghdad and the US Consulate in the northern city of Erbil, and renewed the warning to US citizens not to say how many employees were affected and did not offer more details about the threat posed by Americans in Iraq
the move came days after the administration said it was deploying an airborne strike group and bombers in the Middle East as a result of an unspecified threat posed by Iran and its representatives to US interests in the region
However, a British senior officer in direct contradiction to Tuesday by American evaluation and said that there is no height Iran or its sp Representatives in Iraq and Syria
Maj. Mr. Christopher Ghika, Deputy Head of Operation Inherent Resolve – A coalition led by the United States in Iraq and Syria that fought against the Islamic state, said that "there was no increased threat in Iraq and Syria by the Iranian-supported forces. "
The Central Command issued a statement challenging the comments of the British general
Democrats in Congress accused Trump's administration of ruthless action and engagement in rhetoric that could trigger an unnecessary war with Iran. It is just an effort to protect American personnel and make it clear that it will react if Iran or its authorized representatives target the Americans.