Iran has commanded militants in Iraq to attack the United States Embassy and other American targets in Baghdad if the U.S. proceeds with President Barack Obama’s proposed strike on Syria, a new intercepted order reveals.
The new intelligence demonstrates Iran’s desire to use a possible U.S. attack on Syria to broaden U.S. engagement in a new and expanding war.
American warships in the Persian Gulf are on alert for Iran’s fleet of small, fast boats, reports the Wall Street Journal.
A Thursday State Department alert warned against traveling to Iraq, citing terrorist activity “at levels unseen since 2008.”
On Friday, the U.S. State Department ordered nonessential U.S. diplomats to evacuate Lebanon over concerns of a possible attack by Hezbollah on the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. U.S. citizens in Lebanon have also been urged to get out. U.S. diplomats in Adana, Turkey have also been pulled out.
United States Marines have been tapped to help evacuate U.S. diplomatic compounds in an attempt to avert the kind of attacks that led to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya.