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Committed to partner with Iraq to advance mutual interests: USA

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After ordering all non-emergency government employees to leave immediately, the on Wednesday said that it "remains committed to partnering with Iraqis to advance mutual interests."

"Given the increased threat stream we are seeing in Iraq, which we shared with the during the Secretary's (Michael Pompeo) visit on May 7 and in subsequent engagements, the has decided to place Mission on ordered departure," a State Department told ANI.

"Mission will have limited ability to provide to American citizens in Iraq...Ensuring the safety of personnel and US citizens and security of our facilities are our highest priorities," they added."We remain committed to partnering with Iraqis to advance our mutual interests," the lastly said.

US reported that the decision to withdraw non-emergency staff came amid rising tensions in the after the warned of potential threats against American forces in the region from or Iranian-backed proxies.

Last week, the US deployed an and nuclear-capable bomber planes to the Persian Gulf, with a Patriot missile battery and an amphibious warship on the way. The Patriot system offers protection from aircraft and missiles, while the warship carries Marines and the aircraft, hovercraft, or boats needed to put them ashore to fight in distant places.

Diplomatic tensions have been high between the US and Iran, with the designating Iran's (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Outfit (FTO) recently and refusing to grant extensions in sanction waivers for Iranian to eight

Furthermore, the US also exited from the Nuclear Deal last year, inviting criticism from various factions over its decision.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 07:22 IST