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Robert Beecroft, Richard Olson Confirmed By Senate As Ambassadors To Iraq, Pakistan

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U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan-nominee Richard G. Olson arrives for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan-nominee Richard G. Olson arrives for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON -- The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's nominees to serve as ambassadors to Iraq and Pakistan.

By voice vote early Saturday morning, lawmakers backed the selection of Richard Olson to be U.S. envoy in Pakistan. His appointment comes as an already tenuous relationship between Islamabad and Washington has been complicated by anti-American protests in several Pakistani cities against an anti-Islam film.

The Senate also backed Robert Beecroft for the post in Iraq. The U.S. has been pressing Baghdad about reports that Iran is using Iraqi airspace to smuggle weapons into Syria. Iraq insists that the flights were delivering only humanitarian aid.

Obama picked Beecroft after racy emails doomed the choice of Brett McGurk, who withdrew his nomination in June.

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