‘Not going to flinch’: US ambassador to Iraq returning to embassy in Baghdad

Ambassador Matthew Tueller is headed to the embassy in Baghdad following an attack on the facility by Iranian-controlled militias, cutting short a trip amid claims that he abandoned the post.

“Reports that he has been evacuated are false,” a State Department spokesman told the Washington Examiner. “He is returning to the embassy.” Tueller, who took over as the top American diplomat in Iraq in June, was “on previously scheduled personal travel for over a week” prior to the attack Tuesday, the spokesman said.

The assault was orchestrated by militia leaders loyal to Iran, according to U.S. assessments that underscore Tehran’s influence in Iraq.

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