U.S. evacuates embassy in Baghdad pending retaliatory strike by Tehran

U.S. evacuates embassy in Baghdad pending retaliatory strike by Tehran

The White House is evacuating almost half the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and other diplomatic facilities in Iraq, awaiting a retaliatory strike from Tehran.

U.S. retaliation is beware of the assassination of nuclear physicist Mohsen Fahrizade near Tehran and on the eve of the anniversary of the assassination of Kassem Suleimani, the elite Iranian Al Quds special forces general.

The source of the publication said that dozens of employees are currently leaving Iraq. The newspaper associates the evacuation with the arrival of a new administration, which will have to “look for ways out of this situation.

It became known on November 27 that Fakhrizadeh was the victim of a terrorist attack near Tehran. First, a suicide bombing occurred at the site, and then the scientist’s car was shelled. Several people were killed in the attack. Iranian President Hassan Rowhani accused Israel of what happened. U.S. intelligence officials linked the killing of a nuclear physicist to the plans of presidential candidate Joe Biden to restore relations with Tehran.

Relations between the U.S. and Iran heated up after the U.S. military killed Kassem Suleimani, a general of the elite Iranian Al-Quds special unit, on January 3, 2020 in Baghdad. In response, on the night of January 8, several American military facilities in Iraq were attacked by the IRGC of Iran. After that US President Donald Trump announced new sanctions.