U.S blames ‘increasing threats from Iran’ as it decides to close consulate in Iraq

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The U.S has revealed that it will close its consulate in Basra, Iraq and has blamed its decision due to increasing threats from Iran and Tehran backed forces, IANS reported.

In a statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said all but emergency staff would be relocated to Baghdad, the BBC reported on Saturday.

Pompeo said the US would hold Iran responsible for any harm to its citizens or facilities and accused Tehran of failing to prevent recent rocket attacks directed at the American consulate, the BBC said.

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