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Diplomats evacuated from the US Consulate in Iraq, because Iran supports violence

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The U. S government on Friday announced that the U.S. Consulate in the southern Iraqi city of Basra is temporarily closed in the midst of the violence, including a rocket hits in the Consulate, the Iranian-backed militias.

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, said the move is a “temporary relocation” in the Wake of “increasing and specific threats” of the Iranian regime and its militias.

“I have made it clear that Iran should understand that the United States respond promptly and appropriately to such attacks.”

Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo

“I have made it clear that Iran should understand that the United States respond promptly and appropriately to such attacks,” Pompeo said in a statement. “I have advised the government of Iran, the United States is Iran directly responsible for any damage due to the militia for the Americans or our diplomatic facilities in Iraq or elsewhere, and whether the Iranian forces directly or through the assigned proxy.

“There have been incidents of indirect fire from elements of those militias is aimed at our Consulate General in Basra and our Embassy in Baghdad, including within the last 24 hours,” he added.

Earlier this month, after a Shiite militia revenge swore for the attack on the Iranian Consulate by anti-Iranian protesters, three missiles, the houses, the Consulate of the U.S. were fired in Basra airport. There have been no losses.

“We are the Iran regime, the responsibility for any attack on our personnel or facilities, and to respond rapidly and decisively in defense of the American way of life,” Pompeo tweeted earlier this week.

Recently, #Iran backed militias in Iraq missile attacks against the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and our Consulate in Basra started. We keep #Iran’s regime is responsible for any attack on our personnel or facilities, and to respond rapidly and decisively in defense of the American way of life. pic.twitter.com/nqbmogbeCA

— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 25, 2018

The diplomatic staff and their families were evacuated, although it is unclear where they are sent, while the Consul will be Aryan services of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, according to the State Department.

The increasing violence and targeting of the USA in Iraq is the latest sign of growing tensions between the US and Iran, under the harsh economic sanctions of the trump management.

The Iranian government denied involvement in the incidents in Iraq, according to the state media. Iranian officials instead accused the US of trying to provoke the regime and said the American government played a role in a deadly attack on a military parade in Iran at the beginning of this month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @Lukas mikelionis.

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