Transcript for Some personnel ordered out of US embassy in Baghdad
We begin with breaking news overnight. The state department has ordered all non-emergency U.S. Personnel to leave Iraq immediately warning of threats from Iran and rising tension across the region. ABC's chief global affairs anchor Martha Raddatz is tracking all the latest from Washington. Good morning, Martha. Reporter: Good morning, George. The embassy in Baghdad is massive and heavily secured with thousands of employees, but this morning, all of the non-emergency personnel are being ordered to depart Baghdad and depart the consulate innerle. Just last week, the U.S. Warned that Iran or its proxies were possibly planning an atock an American forces in the region and sent that carrier strike group and bombers as a show of force and just yesterday after a British general commanding troops in Iraq told reporters that there has been no increased threat from Iranian backed forces, U.S. Central command issued a highly unusual rebuttal saying that the general's comments run counter to the identified credible threats available to intelligence from U.S. And allies regarding iranian-backed forces in the region and centcom said they have raised the security posture in Iraq to a high level of alert due to possibly imminent threats to the more than 5,000 forces in Iraq. It is very rare they would make that announcement publicly, that is rare. There is also some concern inside the government, inside Iraq that some of these threats may be hyped and echoing concerns to the first Iraq war back in 2002/2003. Reporter: Exactly. Many are skeptical. The British foreign secretary trying to de-escalate the situation calling for a period of calm on both sides, worried that there will be miscalculation that will send us into war and, of course, had has become a campaign issue. Joe Biden saying that the president has no foreign policy. And the president dismissing those reports that the Pentagon had drawn up plans for 120,000 U.S. Troops saying it could be far more. Reporter: After first denying there was a plan for 120,000 troops if we were attacked, the president then said there would be many more than that. This, of course, from a president who said he would get us out of the mideast, George. Martha Raddatz, thanks very much.
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