Philippines ready to evacuate its workers from Iran, Iraq ‘at any moment’s notice’
One of the recent developments in the world is the US’ killing of Iran’s top commander named Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad. While the US says that they will kill anyone who plots against them, Iran’s General was loved by the majority in his own country. This obviously shows that there is a conflict in views between the US and Iran and while the former sees him as a terrorist, the later doesn’t. So it is quite obvious that the tensions between Iran and the US are at an all-time high at the moment.
Iran has also said that they are not going to silently watch what the US has done with their top commander and they will retaliate heavily. Also, the US understands Iran’s threat and they have ordered each and every US citizen to evacuate Iran as soon as possible. We have also seen reports of the US military camps and other facilities in the Middle East being targeted after this incident.
Now, you might be aware that the actions in Iran will have implications in the entire Middle East where a lot of migrant workers from different parts of the world are there. This means the countries who have their workers in the Middle East will try to evacuate them if anything happens. For this reason, we have a new development from the Philippines where its President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the state military to be ready to deploy its aircraft and ships “at any moment’s notice”.
As per an ally who was present at Philippines President’s meeting with his military regarding the concerns in Middle East, he reveals that “President Duterte ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines to be prepared to deploy military assets to repatriate overseas Filipinos in the Middle East, particularly from Iran and Iraq, at any moment’s notice,”