BAGHDAD, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has demanded the evacuation of the US consulate in Basra and its departure because of security concerns.
"Washington will respond to any threat to US interests in Iraq ... We have told Iran that it will take responsibility for that," Pompeo told a news briefing.
Pompeo reiterated Washington's commitment to support Iraqis in the southern provinces.
A source said earlier (yesterday evening) that the US consulate in Basra had evacuated most of its staff because of the danger situation there.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency