WASHINGTON – The State Department issued a security alert early Friday morning urging Americans in Iraq to leave the country immediately.
The warning comes hours after Iran promised “harsh retaliation” against the United States for an airstrike that killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad International Airport.
“Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, we urge U.S. citizens to depart Iraq immediately,” the State Department said in the alert.
#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. pic.twitter.com/jt8hcBU6uH
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) January 3, 2020
The alert also said all consular operations are suspended at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad “due to Iranian-backed militia attacks at the U.S. Embassy compound.”
“U.S. citizens should not approach the Embassy,” the alert said.
Source: FOX News