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Allies Hunker Down in Iraq, Drop Out Over U.S. Tensions with Iran

Allies Hunker Down in Iraq, Drop Out Over U.S. Tensions with Iran by Kyle Rempfer – Military Times

U.S. allies involved in operations in the Middle East appear uninterested in the increasingly bellicose rhetoric from the White House and Pentagon regarding Iran.

Germany and the Netherlands suspended military training operations in Iraq due to increasing regional tensions, a Spanish frigate was recalled from its voyage with a U.S. Navy carrier strike group and a British general was sharply rebuked by U.S. Central Command after telling reporters that Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria did not pose an increased risk to U.S. and coalition allies fighting the Islamic State.

National Security Adviser John Bolton, and other administration leaders, have repeatedly warned that intelligence shows there is an increased threat that Iran or its proxy groups could attack the U.S. or its allies, though they have withheld the details of that intelligence.

European allies voiced concern to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the past week that the tensions could accidentally trigger a conflict…

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