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By Dan De Luce
Sen. Bob Menendez, the Senate Democratic rank of US Community Relations, called on the Trump administration "to immediately grant this committee a briefing on the decision to order the departure of the embassy staff, the intelligence of what Iran plans to do and any plans to wage war on Iran. "
Speaking at a hearing committee, Menendez said there were just two reasons for US missions in Iraq to evacuate: the Americans working on missions are at risk or "in preparation for military action in Iran."
The New Jersey senator said the committee's duty to assist in writing laws to allow the use of military and administrative forces the State Department and the safety of its employees. "And Trump's administration has not provided any information on this committee to the intelligence behind their desi and what they plan to do in Iraq or Iran, "he said.
Menendez added that the Congress did not allow the war in Iran and if Trump's administration was "thinking of military action in Iran," it should attend Congress to seek approval. "
At the same hearing, Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said that he agreed with Menendez" about the need for a classified briefing on Iraq's issues "and" I hope either in the whole committee or perhaps the chair and the rank of member may have this kind of briefing "
The Republican Senate Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen Jim Risch of Idaho, said a full briefing for the entire Senate was" in works . "
Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., a vigorous advocate for hard work towards Iran and a frequent protector of President Donald Trump, also said that the State Department and the Office of Defense it is necessary for a short legislator about why it was chosen to evacuate US missions in Iraq. "
" I encourage the State Department and the Department of Defense to drop here and explain we know what's going on, "Graham told reporters. "Because I have no idea what the stream's threat is beyond what I read on paper."
He added: "I think many people in my shoes support stand up to Iran but we need to understand what we are doing."
State Departement leaves Wednesday Wednesday departure of US imperialist employees in Baghdad and United States consulates in the northern city of Erbil, and changed warnings to American citizens not to travel to Iraq
The announcement does not say how much the staff were affected, and did not offer more details about the threat posed to Americans in Iraq.
The transfer came days after the administration said it was releasing an aircraft group and bombers in the Middle East due to an unspecified threat posed by Iran and its proxies to American interests in the region .
But a British military officer was directly opposed to the US assessment on Tuesday, stating that no one had taken the risk from Iran or its proxies in Iraq and Syria.
Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika, deputy commander of Operation Inherent Resolve – the United States Aero coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, said "no further threat from Iran-backed forces in Iraq and Syria."
U.S. The Central Command provided a statement that contested the comments of the British general.
Democrats in Congress accused Trump's administration of taking reckless actions and affecting rhetoric that could trigger an unwarranted war in Iran.
says that it is only looking to protect US personnel and makes it clear that Iran or its proxies are targeted by Americans.