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U.S. Army Capt. Eric Morton center commander of the 101st Airborne Division's Company B 1st Battalion 35th Armor Regiment walks with Iraqi Maj. Ahmed Hassan and Iraqi 1st Lt. Yasev Mutasam through Shakriyah Iraq area during Operation New Town June

Talking more about U.S. military action against Iran under the pretext of allegations that Iran is preparing strikes against USA forces in the Middle East, the article said: "The United States is poorly prepared for another conflict in the region; it has the support of none of its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, not even - as Mr. Hunt made clear - Britain". He names Yanba, Fujairah and Golan as theaters for the war against Iran.

A senior Democratic senator demanded President Donald Trump's administration brief Congress on the Iran threat, warning that the U.S. legislature has not approved military action against Tehran.

"Congress has not authorised war with Iran, and the administration, if it were contemplating military action with Iran, must come to Congress to seek approval", said Sen Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The US State Department has issued a security alert and ordered staff to evacuate Iraq amid escalating tensions with neighbouring Iran.

Al-Jazeera cited an anonymous official on Wednesday night as saying that Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani had traveled to Tehran in recent days to speak with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Headlines this week might make you think President Trump is itching for war with Iran.

A USA government source said American security experts believe Iran gave its "blessing" to tanker attacks, which hit two Saudi crude oil tankers, a UAE-flagged fuel bunker barge and a Norwegian-registered oil products tanker off Fujeirah near the Strait of Hormuz.

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Iraq has said it will keep strong ties with Iran, but also with the United States and regional neighbours, some of whom, like Saudi Arabia, consider Tehran an archrival. It cited an anonymous official as saying that Qatar's foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, had travelled to Tehran in recent days to speak with his Iranian counterpart, and that the US was aware of the trip in advance.

A senior European diplomat voiced skepticism that Trump's "maximum pressure" strategy would force Iran to capitulate.

The developments followed an announcement by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that Tehran would discontinue some of its obligations under the nuclear deal, having given the five remaining signatories - France, the UK, Russia, China, and Germany - a 60-day deadline to take measures towards ensuring the country's interests amid U.S. sanctions. Normal visa services at both posts will be temporarily suspended.

Iran has been accused by the US and the United Nations of supplying ballistic missile technology and arms to the Houthis, which Tehran denies. But other than Netanyahu, these parties have kept quiet this week. Instead, he suggested, "Iran should give hard blows to these two countries' capability to export their oil", reminding that oil is the lifeline of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Washington did not publicly provide any evidence to back up claims of an increased threat from Tehran.

The sabotage of the tankers, for which no one has claimed responsibility, and Saudi Arabia's announcement on Tuesday that armed drones hit two of its oil pumping stations have raised concerns Washington and Tehran may be inching toward conflict.

France has a naval base in Abu Dhabi.

A British generalthrew a wrenchinto the Trump administration'snarrativethat Iran is plotting attacks on American troops in the Middle East by telling reporters gathered at the Pentagon Tuesday that "there's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces" in the region.

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