The United States Embassy in Baghdad has urged its citizens to depart Iraq immediately.

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"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," the Embassy said in a security alert on January 3, 2020.

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It is noted 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," reads the report.