ExxonMobil evacuated about 30 foreign engineers from Basra, Iraq. This is as a “temporary precautionary measure,” the government-owned Basra Oil Company said Saturday.
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The staff members were evacuated to Dubai and there are “no indicators that companies operating the oil fields are facing any security threats,” the Basra Oil Company said.
“ExxonMobil has programs and measures in place to provide security to protect its people, operations, and facilities. We have a commitment to ensuring the safety of our employees and contractors. This is at all of our facilities around the world,” spokesperson Julie L. King said.
Earlier this week, the US State Department ordered the departure of non-emergency US government employees from Iraq. Moreover, this is amid growing tensions between the United States and Iran, Iraq’s neighbor to the east. Tensions have soared between Washington and Tehran since Washington scrapped a landmark nuclear deal with Iran that briefly brought an end to its economic and diplomatic isolation.
The Trump administration reimposed stringent sanctions on Iran, including on its enormous oil industry. Recently, the Trump administration has accused Tehran of threats against US troops and interests.
In addition, the Iranian leaders have denied Iranian involvement in attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf and on a Saudi oil station. They charge that Washington was unnecessarily escalating tensions with Tehran.
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