By Ahmet Gurhan Kartal


The U.K. has reduced the number of staff at its embassies in Tehran and Baghdad due to heightened tensions in the region following the killing of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani last week.

The withdrawal of some diplomats is a precautionary measure, local media including Sky News reported.

Ambassadors Rob Macaire in Tehran and Stephen Hickey in Baghdad will remain in place, according to reports.

“The safety and security of our staff is of paramount importance, and we keep our security posture under regular review,” a spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) was

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