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SECURITY ALERT: US urges its citizens to leave Iraq immediately

The United States has urged US citizens to leave Iraq “immediately." A State Department statement on Friday cites “heightened tensions in Iraq and the region." Iran has vowed "harsh retaliation" after a US airstrike killed Iran's top military commander General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad.

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Baghdad Updated on: January 03, 2020 15:31 IST
security alert U.S. citizens in Iraq asked to leave, not reach out to baghdad embassy
Image Source : US STATE DEPARTMENT

#Iraq: U.S. citizens in Iraq or concerned about loved ones in Iraq can contact the Department of State at 202-501-4444 or toll-free in the U.S. at 888-407-4747. Avoid the U.S. Embassy in #Baghdad. Monitor local and international media for updates, US State Department said.

The United States has urged US citizens to leave Iraq “immediately." A State Department statement on Friday cites “heightened tensions in Iraq and the region." Iran has vowed "harsh retaliation" after a US airstrike killed Iran's top military commander General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad.

The State Department added that "due to Iranian-backed militia attacks at the US Embassy compound, all consular operations are suspended. US citizens should not approach the Embassy."

That comes after a crowd attacked the embassy earlier this week to protest US airstrikes against a militia supported by Iran.

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