FILE: US Embassy in Iraq FILE: US Embassy in Iraq

US orders non-essential embassy staff to leave Iraq

Wed, May. 15, 2019
BAGHDAD, May 15 (MENA) - The US Embassy in Iraq says the State Department has ordered all non-essential, non-emergency government staff to leave the country right away amid escalating tensions with Iran, the New York Post reported.

The alert, published on the embassy’s website on Wednesday, comes after Washington last week said it had detected new and urgent threats from Iran and its proxy forces in the region targeting Americans and American interests.

On Sunday, the embassy advised Americans to avoid travel to Iraq, citing “heightened tensions.”
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