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Amid rising tension with Iran, non-emergency staff evacuates U.S. Embassy in Iraq

Amid rising tension with Iran, non-emergency staff evacuates U.S. Embassy in Iraq

US Embassy in Baghdad

The State Department on Wednesday ordered the evacuation of  non-emergency staff from the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, a move that comes as  the U.S. government has alluded to risks of an attack by the Islamic  Republic or its proxies in the region.

The Wednesday order follows a travel advisory posted on the embassy’s  website Sunday urging American citizens not to travel to Iraq and to  remain vigilant. The department said in light of the heightened  tensions, non-emergency staff at both the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and  the U.S. Consulate in Erbil would be evacuated, adding that the  government’s ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens  there is “extremely limited.”

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