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US withdraws all diplomatic officials except ’emergency staff’ in Iraq

The decision was made at a time when Washington recently increased the pressure on Iraq’s neighbour Iran.


A written statement from the Embassy of Baghdad held that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had ordered all “government officials who are not in immediate service” to leave the country.

The statement stressed that “normal visa services are temporarily suspended” and that “emergency services to US citizens in Iraq will be limited” at the embassy and the consulate in Erbil.

The decision was made at a time when Washington recently increased the pressure on Iraq’s neighbour, Iran. 

According to the news that appeared on BBC Turkish, the statement also advised those who were affected by the decision to leave the country ‘as soon as possible via public transportation’.

The White House had accused Iran of planning attacks in the region and raised its military presence in the Gulf region.

TUNA AYBURC
Emailtuna@thelondonpost.co.uk

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