U. S. to withdraw some from embassy
U.S. government has decided to withdraw some staff from its embassy in Baghdad through the final weeks of the Trump administration, officials say, as tensions rise throughout the region.
A person familiar with the withdrawal, speaking spoke on condition of anonymity, described it as a temporary “de-risking” that will continue until after the Jan. 3 anniversary of the slaying of senior Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani last year by a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad. The number of personnel to be withdrawn was unclear.
The State Department provided no official confirmation of the drawdown.