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US orders non-emergency personnel to leave Iraq Embassy amid Iran row

US orders non-emergency personnel to leave Iraq Embassy amid Iran row

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The State Department has ordered all non-emergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy and consulate in Iraq to leave the country amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran. The announcement was made in a security alert on its website early Wednesday morning. The alert also said that normal visa services would be temporarily suspended. This comes amid a standoff between the U.S. and Iran, which has recently threatened to pull out of the nuclear deal and resume higher uranium enrichment if no new deal is put in place. The move coincided with Germany’s decision on Tuesday to suspend training of Iraqi soldiers due to tensions in the region, though the government indicated no specific threats to its own troops.
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