U.S. orders staff to leave Iraq Embassy

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  • The department ordered “non-emergency U.S. government employees”, at both the Embassy in Baghdad and the Consulate in Irbil, to leave the country.
  • The order applies primarily to full-time diplomats posted to Iraq by State Department headquarters in Washington, and visa services in Iraq would be suspended as a result. Contractors who provide security, food and other services will remain in place for now.
  • The administration had received intelligence related to “Iranian activity” that put U.S. facilities and service personnel at “substantial risk”.
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