Reuters reported that foreign oil companies operating in Iraq took the initiative to evacuate their employees from the country, against the background of the assassination of a prominent Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, at dawn today, Friday, by a U.S. raid near the Baghdad airport.
The agency quoted sources in foreign oil companies as confirming that their employees are currently heading to Basra airport in preparation to leave the country, fearing of a possible escalation after the assassination of Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
For their part, Iraqi officials in the oil sector said that the evacuation of foreign employees will not affect operations or the production or oil exports in the country.
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