Washington Facing Increased Risk of Attacks on US Troops in Middle East, Says Secretary of Defense
"We're concerned about a potential escalation. In fact, what we're seeing is a prospect of a significant escalation of attacks on our troops and our people throughout the region," Austin said in an interview with media.
"We're going to do what's necessary to make sure our troops are in a good position, and they're protected, and that we have the ability to respond," Austin added.
US Orders Evacuation of Embassy Staff in Baghdad Over Security Threats
"The @StateDept updated its Travel Advisory for Iraq on October 20, 2023, following the ordered departure of eligible family members and non-emergency US government personnel from US Embassy Baghdad @USEmbBaghdad and US Consulate General Erbil @USCGERBIL due to increased security threats against US personnel and interests," the department said on X.