Richmond Times-Dispatch

U. S. to withdraw some from embassy

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BAGHDAD— The

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 The number of personnel to be withdrawn was unclear.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.

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