The United States’ decision to pull its diplomats out of Iraq amid claims of heightened "threats" from Iran is an attempt to justify any possible aggression against the Islamic Republic, says an analyst, adding that President Donald Trump would end up on his own if he wages a war on the country.
“They want to justify the actions they were intending to carry out although it looks like that the threat of war is receding by the minute now because it has become clear that there has not been real imminent threat to the American soldiers or American personnel in the region… So it was just a justification, an attempt to justify any possible aggression against Iran,” Saeed Shehabi told Press TV in an interview on Friday.
“But of course it is now clear that Mr. Trump having seen that there has not been any sympathy to his call for war neither from the West, nor the East or the United Nations or even indeed from within the American administration or establishment … so all of this has put pressure on President Trump that look, your staff are making it up, some of your personnel are really warmongering without any justification and I think he thought that if he went alone with his threat to wage war, then he would end up on his own only in an illegal aggression against a sovereign country,” he added.
In a travel advisory issued early on Wednesday, the US State Department ordered "non-emergency US government employees" in Iraq to leave its embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
The advisory did not mention Iran, but senior State Department officials said the move was because of an "imminent threat" from Iranian "proxies" based on what they claimed to be increased intelligence reporting received within the past week.
The evacuation order also followed as a series of warnings by American officials over the past 10 days about unspecified “escalatory action” by Iran.
Rejecting the claims, Iran's Permanent Mission to the United Nations said Washington's measure was "the latest episode in America's propaganda war against Iran based on fake intelligence reports."