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WASHINGTON — The State Department says the U.S. consulate in the southern Iraqi city of Basra is being evacuated following attacks blamed on Iran-backed militias. The U.S. embassy in Baghdad will provide full consular services for Basra and the surrounding area, the State Department said. The “ordered departure” of the consulate was announced Friday by State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on Tuesday that Iran-supported militias “recently” launched rocket attacks against the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in Basra.

The article goes on to state the following:

The move to evacuate Basra comes as the Trump administration is increasing pressure on Iran ahead of powerful sanctions set to go into effect in November.

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