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Chevron evacuates all American oil workers from Iraq

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Posted at 6:21 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 19:21:50-05

Chevron has evacuated all of its American workers from Iraq following last Week's US airstrike in Baghdad, according to CNN.

CNN reports that on Monday, the oil company said in a statement that as a precautionary measure, Chevron's expatriate employees and contractors have left the Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq "for the time being."

"The safety of our people and facilities is Chevron's top priority globally," a Chevron spokeswoman told CNN Business.

The Chevron evacuation comes after the Iraqi oil ministry said Friday that "a number of" Americans working in southern Iraq were leaving the country after the United States urged its citizens to immediately depart due to soaring tensions. Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad late last week.

Local staff will oversee operations in the region. Read more here.