Bahrain withdraws diplomats from Iraq

Bahrain on Monday recalled its envoy from Iraq as Al Qaeda-backed militant groups have consolidated their positions and are moving close to Baghdad.

Manama: Bahrain on Monday recalled its envoy from Iraq as Al Qaeda-backed militant groups have consolidated their positions and are moving close to Baghdad.

Bahrain`s foreign affairs ministry said in a statement that it has instructed Bahrain`s Ambassador to Iraq Salah Al Malki and his staff to leave Iraq immediately as the country is on the brink of a civil war, reportedly.

"The Kingdom of Bahrain has decided to pull its diplomats out of Iraq due to the unfolding security situation," said the statement.

Similar moves were taken Monday by the US, Australia and other countries.

Bahrain authorities have also set up 24-hour hotlines to assist its citizens, especially students who are pursuing religious studies in Iraq.