U.S. pulls staff from Iraq, says Iran gave ‘blessing’ for tanker attacks

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan walk at the U.S. Embassy compound toward the heli pad to catch a helicopter that will transport them to the International Airport, in Baghdad, Iraq, January 9, 2019. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Helicopters ferried U.S. staff from the American embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday out of apparent concern about perceived threats from Iran, which U.S. sources believe encouraged Sunday’s attacks on four oil tankers in the Gulf. The sabotage of the tankers, for which no one has claimed responsibility, and Saudi Arabia’s announcement on […]

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