The United States has decided to close its consulate in the Iraqi city of Basra over security concerns, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The decision, which followed rocket attacks and violent protests in the crumbling port city, could increase tensions between the United States and Iran. The White House accused Iran earlier this month of failing to prevent attacks by Iran-backed militia on the consulate.
Three missiles were launched on early Friday near the U.S. Consulate, adjacent to the Basra International Airport, in Iraq, news outlets reported.
Reliable sources told the press that the three missiles were dropped at an uninhabited area near the U.S. Consulate, no human or financial losses were recorded.
According to the sources, an investigation was opened into the incident and all the necessary measures were taken immediately.