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

A U.S. government source said American security experts believe Iran gave its “blessing” to tanker attacks, which hit two Saudi crude oil tankers, a UAE-flagged fuel bunker barge and a Norwegian-registered oil products tanker off Fujeirah near the Strait of Hormuz. The source said the United States believes Iran’s role was one of actively encouraging militants but indicated the United States does not now have evidence that Iranian personnel played any direct operational role. Iran’s Foreign Ministry has called the tanker attacks “worrisome and dreadful” and called for an investigation.

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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 BAGHDAD—The U.S. on Wednesday ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspended their military assistance programs in the country in the Helicopters ferried the American embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday out of apparent concern about perceived threats , which sources believe encouraged Sunday's Tags: pulls, staff, from, iraq,

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