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US Threat to Evacuate Iraq Embassy Raises Fear of War

Iraqi Premier Mustafa Kadhimi came out of his recent visit to the United States with talk of a US drawdown and potential outright pullout from the country. As it stands today, Iraqi officials are expressing real concern that the United States could be about to start yet another war in the country.

All of the uncomfortable signs are there. The US has been threatening to close its Iraq embassy, and is making preparations to evacuate diplomats over the recent rocket attacks in the vicinity of the site.

The threat to close the site comes with the usual bells and whistles, and ultimatums, about how unhappy the US is with the Iraqi government. Talk of the Shi’ite militias responsible being in league with Iran also makes this a potential proxy war, one the US has oft-threatened.

This isn’t just Iraqis’ imagination. Last week the US launched its first airstrikes since early 2018 against Iraq. The talk since then is that the US is “furious” and looking to take further action. The embassy closure would just be another step toward whatever is planned.