US orders non-emergency embassy staff to leave Baghdad, Arbil

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US orders non-emergency embassy staff to leave Baghdad, ArbilThe US on Wednesday ordered all non-emergency staff to leave its embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Arbil, as tensions mount between the United States and Iraq's neighbor Iran, prompting Kremlin concern. Washington has ramped up pressure on Tehran in recent days, accusing Iran of planning unspecified 'imminent' attacks in the region, and bolstering the American military presence in the Gulf.


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