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US orders non-emergency government staff to leave Iraq

IANS  |  Baghdad 

The said on Wednesday that the has ordered the non-emergency staff at the embassy in and the consulate in to leave.

"Normal at both posts (and Erbil) will be temporarily suspended," quoted an embassy statement as saying.

"The has limited ability to provide to US citizens in "

Earlier, the said the American forces were on high alert in and over fears of "imminent threats" from Iran-backed forces in the region.

The move comes amid the tense situation in the region after decided not to re-issue the sanctions waivers for major importers to continue buying Iran's when they expired in early May.

The US has also increased its military build-up in the region recently by deploying an aircraft carrier, bombers and there, citing the threat of an Iranian attack.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 14:32 IST
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