UK Raises ‘Threat Level’ for Personnel in Iraq

The UK has raised the threat level for its forces, diplomats and citizens currently in Iraq.

A source, cited by Sky News, said the decision was at the result of “a heightened security risk from Iran”.

“One Whitehall source said Britain believes there is an increased likelihood of Iran or its proxies taking action against British, US or other allied interests in the region in a way that can be plausibly denied so as to avoid triggering an all-out war,” the report said on Thursday.

The source explained that possible targets would be be soft such as oil infrastructure or other civilian targets.

“The aim would be to cause disruption but not to do something that could be directly linked back to the regime and therefore trigger a hard US response.”

However, the report noted that the decision also includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait. Source

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