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Thursday July 18th, 2019 5:02AM

Congress wants answers on Iran; leaders to be briefed

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top leaders in Congress will be receiving a classified briefing on the Middle East as lawmakers demand answers from the White House about President Donald Trump's actions toward Iran.

Multiple sources said Wednesday that the top House and Senate leaders of both parties would be briefed by the administration. The sources were not authorized to discuss the matter and were granted anonymity.

Thursday's planned briefing comes amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region over still unspecified threats the Trump administration says are linked to Iran.

The U.S. on Wednesday ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq. The U.S. earlier moved an aircraft carrier and other resources toward the region.

House Democrats raised concerns about the situation at a closed meeting Wednesday and said they want answers.

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