US President Joe Biden. (file photo)
Attacks against US forces in Iraq and Syria have increased since the conflict between Israel and Hamas terrorists started in Gaza. The US State Department issued a warning on Sunday saying that American citizens should not travel to Iraq after the recent attacks on soldiers and personnel.
In this travel advisory, it has been said that due to limited capacity to provide assistance to American citizens here, do not travel to Iraq. Let us tell you that since the conflict between Israel and Hamas terrorists started in Gaza, there has been an increase in attacks against American forces in Iraq and Syria.
shot down four cruise missiles
Last week, a US warship shot down more than a dozen drones and four cruise missiles fired by Iran-backed Houthis off Yemen. The State Department said in a statement that the advisory came after it ordered the departure of eligible family members and non-emergency US government personnel from the Embassy Baghdad and the US Consulate General Erbil due to increasing security threats against US personnel.
Tension increases due to Israel-Hamas war
Washington is on alert for activity by Iran-backed groups as regional tensions rise during the Israel-Hamas war. The tensions began after the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, killing more than 1,400 people.
retaliated with air strikes
Israel has since retaliated with deadly air strikes on Gaza. The 45 km-long (25 mi) strip of land that is part of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories and home to 2.3 million people has been politically ruled by Hamas since 2006. Palestinian officials say more than 4,700 people have been killed in Israeli air strikes.
America sent naval power
The State Department said on Sunday that due to security concerns, US government personnel in Baghdad have been instructed not to use the international airport. The US has sent a large naval force to the Middle East in recent days, including two aircraft carriers, their support ships and about 2,000 Marines. The Pentagon said on Saturday that the US will send a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system and additional Patriot air defense missile system battalions to the Middle East.