Iraqi officials were stunned by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s warning to President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Mustapha al-Kadhimi that the US will close its embassy in Baghdad if Iraqi officials don’t rein in pro-Iran Shia militias’ attacks on foreign diplomatic missions.
How did we reach this tenuous juncture?
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faces the news media with Iraq's Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein at the State Department in Washington, U.S., August 19, 2020. (Reuters)
Consequences of leaving Iraq
A general view shows the US embassy across the Tigris river in Iraq's capital Baghdad on January 3, 2020. (AFP)