State Department Urges U.S. Citizens to Leave Iraq ‘Immediately’

By Anna Breuer on 3 January 2020
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The U.S. Department of State is telling U.S. citizens in Iraq to leave the country immediately.

“Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, we urge U.S. citizens to depart Iraq immediately,” the agency said on Twitter. “Due to Iranian-backed militia attacks at the U.S. Embassy compound, all consular operations are suspended. U.S. citizens should not approach the Embassy.”

In addition, the State Department told U.S. citizens in Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco, and Lebanon to be cautious due to the heightened tensions in the region.

“Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the US Embassy urges US citizens in Lebanon to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness,” the agency said in a tweet.  “Monitor embassy website and local and international media for updates.”

The State Department issued a similar warning for Bahrain, Kuwait, and Morocco on Twitter.

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