Enraged US threatens to close embassy in Iraq unless rocket attacks cease

Enraged by near-daily attacks on its interests in Iraq, Washington has threatened to close its embassy in Baghdad, in a blow to a prime minister seen as a bulwark against Iran.Iraq has long been caught in a tug-of-war between its allies Iran and the US, rendered rockier by Washington’s “maximum pressure” policy against Tehran since 2018.In a new escalation, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Iraqi President Barham Saleh last week to deliver an ultimatum, Iraqi and foreign officials told AFP.Unless Iraq’s government puts an end to the rockets raining down on US military and diplomatic sit…

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