first published on January 3, 2020 by Will
A security alert posted today on the US Embassy-Iraq webpage is telling US citizens to leave Iraq immediately and to avoid approaching the Embassy complex, which is now under heavy lockdown with strong defensive protocols being observed.
“Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the U.S. Embassy urges American citizens to heed the January 2020 Travel Advisory and depart Iraq immediately. U.S. citizens should depart via airline while possible, and failing that, to other countries via land. Due to Iranian-backed militia attacks at the U.S. Embassy compound, all public consular operations are suspended until further notice. U.S. citizens should not approach the Embassy. The U.S. Consulate General in Erbil is open for visa and American Citizen Services appointments, including passport issuance.”
The alert also stated that US citizens should not travel to Iraq at this time. Tensions between Iran and the US are at an all-time high. After yesterday’s targeted airstrike which killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, head of Quds Force, a US-designated Foreign Terror Organization, and multiple Iranian-led PMU leaders, a very real possibility of open war is present.
The following video shows heightened security measures at the US Embassy in Baghdad following a violent siege by Iranian-backed Shia militants of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMU).