US to Close Consulate in Iraq, Citing “Threats” from Iran and Allied Militias

(From RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty)

The United States has announced it will close its consulate in Basrah, citing what it said were threats from the Iranian government and Iran-backed militias in Iraq that have launched rocket attacks on the facility.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in the announcement late on September 28 that he would hold Iran directly responsible for any attacks on Americans and U.S. diplomatic facilities in the neighboring country.

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