US orders its non-emergency staff to leave Baghdad embassy

The US embassy, seen from across the Tigris River in Baghdad, Iraq, January 3, 2020. (AP/Khalid Mohammed)
The US embassy, seen from across the Tigris River in Baghdad, Iraq, January 3, 2020. (AP/Khalid Mohammed)

The United States says it has ordered non-emergency staff and eligible family members to leave its embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Arbil, Iraq.

The directive, which was announced today but issued Friday, was given “due to increased security threats against US personnel and interests,” the State Department says.

The department also updates its travel advisory to a level four, the highest possible, warning US citizens not to travel to Iraq.

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