Seth Moulton, presidential candidate, says he doesn't 'trust' U.S

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He added: "They are not decent humans, they don't stand by anything".

Both the USA and Iran have said they do not want war, and Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday that he had indications "things will end well" despite the rhetoric.

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.

Despite global skepticism, the United States government has been pointing to increasing threats from Iran, a long-time enemy and rival of U.S. allies Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Gen. Chris Ghika, a senior officer in the USA -backed coalition fighting the Islamic State group, said Tuesday, insisting "there's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria".

Illustrative photo of the United States embassy under construction as seen from across the Tigris river in Baghdad, Iraq, May 19, 2007.

"This is an imminent threat to our personnel", said a second official.

"There is no doubt in my mind that under the circumstances, a partial ordered departure (from the embassy) is a reasonable thing to do".

"The definite decision of the Iranian nation is to resist against America", Khamenei continued, claiming that "in this showdown America will be forced to retreat.because our resolve is stronger".

"This face-off is not military because there is not going to be any war", he assured officials.

Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee said, "The people inside the administration who are trying to start a war know that if they have this conversation in an open and transparent way, there will be very substantial pushback from both parties and both houses of Congress".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to Baghdad last week after U.S. intelligence showed Iran-backed Shi'ite militias positioning rockets near bases housing U.S. forces, according to two Iraqi security sources.

As tensions ratchet up between Washington and Tehran, the internet is taking a moment to appreciate the irony of some of President Donald Trump's old tweets warning that Barack Obama was stoking war on Iran to stay in office.

Iran recently threatened to resume higher enrichment in 60 days if no new nuclear deal is in place, beyond the level permitted by the current one between Tehran and world powers.

One American official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential internal planning, said the new intelligence of an increased Iranian threat was "small stuff" and did not merit the military planning being driven by Mr. Bolton.

But since the first U.S. warning on May 5, the only activity has been a still-mysterious "attack" Monday on tankers anchored off Fujairah, an Emirati port located at the strategically crucial entrance to the Gulf. It says no one was injured, but the hulls of at least three of the four ships were damaged. Even Gulf Arab states that openly oppose Iran, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, seem cautious this week.

It was not immediately clear what led to the order on Wednesday.

The Dutch defence ministry said Dutch soldiers had also suspended their training mission due to an unspecified threat, local media reported.

The official also said the ultimate goal of the yearlong economic sanctions campaign by the Trump administration was to draw Iran into an armed conflict with the United States. "We need a strategy", Coons said, echoing a call by Congress for the government to brief lawmakers.

"Abu Dhabi wants these actions", Karasik said of the tension with Iran, "and Saudi [Arabia] tags along".

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